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San Jose sues Major League Baseball over stalling in Oakland A's bid to move there

Original post made on Jun 19, 2013

San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed said Tuesday that the city filed a federal antitrust lawsuit against Major League Baseball after giving up on MLB Commissioner Bud Selig's effort to study a proposed move by the Oakland A's to San Jose.

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Comments (7)

Posted by Joe, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 19, 2013 at 4:29 pm

As unfair as I think MLB is being to San Jose, I have to step back and remind myself that MLB is a private business. There's no difference between MLB denying San Jose a team because of the proximity of the Giants, and McDonald's Corp. denying a franchise for a new location because it deems it too close to another. We may all "feel" ownership of one MLB team or another, but the fact is that it's somebody else's business, and those owners are free to run it as the see fit. Into the ground, perhaps, but it's their choice. Now shame on MLB for hiding behind the antitrust agreement, but more shame on Congress for granting it in the first place.


Posted by b, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 19, 2013 at 8:15 pm

Is it *really* someone else's business when the taxpayers subsidize hundreds of millions? Maybe we should demand voting privileges in exchange for our investment.


Posted by b, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 19, 2013 at 8:26 pm

Let's not lose sight of the fact that the nearly-bankrupt City of San Jose is suing a private enterprise owned by billionaires for the right to build a highly subsidized baseball stadium for one of those billionaires. There's so much wrong with this that I don't even know where to begin.


Posted by Joe, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 19, 2013 at 9:58 pm

Taxpayers and governments have no business subsidizing sports arenas, any more than they have subsidizing sports teams. If an arena is a good enough investment, it will attract investors. It can be done, well, without government money - PacBell Park, now AT&T park, in SF. It can be done, poorly, with taxpayer money - look at Stockton Arena.


Posted by Truth, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 20, 2013 at 10:55 am

Mayor Reed is an uneducated opportunist. Now his reckless behavior has caught up with him and he is graing at straws. Thankfully this issue will show what lack of morals Reed possesses.


Posted by Bat Guano, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 20, 2013 at 11:15 am

There is absolutely no valid reason why MLB should have an anti-trust exemption. This exemption has been provided to a whole bunch of billionaire baseball club owners who bribe legislators. Let free commerce reign.
Wise up folks, if the A's don't get a new stadium, they will move out of town. The Warriors already are, and the Raiders probably will as well. The East Bay actually sucks as a professional sports venue because the East Bay people don't attend games in sufficient quantity.


Posted by liberalism is a disease, a resident of Birdland
on Jun 24, 2013 at 5:08 pm

liberalism is a disease is a registered user.

B said, "Is it *really* someone else's business when the taxpayers subsidize hundreds of millions? Maybe we should demand voting privileges in exchange for our investment."

B, did you approve of obamas stimulus package? Knowing what a hypocrite you are, based on your previous posts, I'll venture to say this job generating venture is somehow different. It's unfortunate you don't understand sports or economics, but the bottom line here is that San Jose would not pursue this venture unless it benefitted the populace of their city and surrounding areas. Why is that so hard for you to understand?


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