San Jose Takes A Swing At Baseball’s Antitrust Exemption

Law360, New York (September 30, 2013, 5:52 PM ET) -- Earlier this year, the City of San Jose filed a federal antitrust complaint against Major League Baseball.[1] “This action arises from the blatant conspiracy by Major League Baseball to prevent the Athletics Baseball Club from moving to San Jose,” the complaint begins. “For years, MLB has unlawfully conspired to control the location and relocation of major league men’s professional baseball clubs under the guise of an ‘antitrust exemption’ applied to the business of baseball.”

At issue is the validity of MLB’s territorial rule that grants the...
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