9th U.S. Circuit rejects San Jose’s Challenge of MLB Antitrust Exemption

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected San Jose’s challenge of Major League Baseball’s antitrust exemption and upheld a previous ruling against San Jose. The ruling reaffirms MLB’s territorial rights which only allow a team to move if a majority of team owners vote to allow it. San Jose has indicated they will appeal this to the U.S Supreme Court.

Sam Liccardo, San Jose Mayor said the city “has nothing but upside to continue to pursue this to the Supreme Court.”

“When the City Council decided to pursue this lawsuit, we knew that success would likely require a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court, because only the Supreme Court can revisit its century-old decision that created an anti-trust exemption that no American industry other than Major League Baseball enjoys,” Liccardo said in a statement

The Oakland Athletics themselves are not participating in the lawsuit.

Outgoing Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig called the decision a win for baseball and new Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred, hopes the ruling would lead to an end of the lawsuit and to moving forward to getting the A’s a ballpark as fast as possible.

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