San Jose sue MLB over Oakland Athletics move
San Jose have filed a lawsuit against the MLB after their application to relocate the Oakland A's was rejected.
San Jose City officials have filed a lawsuit against the MLB after Oakland Athletic's were denied a move to relocate to the city.
The Athletic's current stadium is run down and has recently suffered a sewage problem, which creates a stink of raw sewage and pools of water in the clubhouses.
San Jose had hoped the Oakland Athletics would move 40 miles south to their stadium bringing the city $130 million in extra spending case every year.
But the proposed move has been denied as the San Francisco Giants have the territorial rights to the AT&T Park in San Jose.
The attorney of the law firm representing the City, Phil Gregory, believes San Jose is the perfect City to home the Oakland Athletics.
"It's time for someone to take on this supposed baseball exemption from antitrust laws," said Gregory to ESPN.
"The City of San Jose is a perfect candidate to make that challenge."
The MLB executive vice president Rob Manfred has released a statement in response to San Jose's claim.
"Major League Baseball has acted in the best interests of our fans, our communities and the league," said Manfred.
"The lawsuit is an unfounded attack on the fundamental structures of a professional sports league," Manfred added. "It is regrettable that the city has resorted to litigation that has no basis in law or in fact."
The owner of the Oakland Athletics Lew Wolff has admitted he is slightly in the dark over the recent proceedings.
"I have no details," Wolff said. "However, I am not in favour of legal action or legal threats to solve business issues."
San Jose officials have claimed that, due to the collapsed move, they have lost millions of dollars including $3.5 million annually in property taxes and hundreds of jobs.
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