San Jose asks for quick decision in antitrust case

San Jose asks for quick decision in antitrust case
January 30, 2014, 11:30 am
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Oakland A's fans displayed signs directed towards A's ownership's desire to move the team to San Jose. (USATSI)

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The city of San Jose is pushing for a quick decision on its antitrust case against Major League Baseball, according to a report from the Bay Area News Group.

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San Jose’s lawyers on Wednesday asked the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to set a March 24 deadline for all legal arguments, with the hope that a ruling could be handed down by summer. The city is appealing a federal judge’s order that dismissed San Jose’s claim that Major League Baseball violated federal antitrust laws by delaying the A’s bid to move to San Jose.

As things stand, the 9th Circuit has called for briefs to be filed by June, which could push a ruling back until late in the year. San Jose’s option with the A’s to provide land for a ballpark expires in early November, and the city’s lawyers would like a resolution before that, according to the report.

Beyond courtroom proceedings, the A’s quest to move to the South Bay is being held up because the San Francisco Giants own territorial rights to Santa Clara County and do not want the A’s to move there.

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