San Jose councilman wants city to sue Giants

San Jose councilman wants city to sue Giants
March 3, 2013, 1:30 pm
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Lew Wolff (pictured) declined to comment on Sam Liccardo's demand for the city to sue the Giants. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

San Jose city councilman Sam Liccardo has told Mark Purdy of the Mercury News that he wants the city to sue the San Francisco Giants for blocking the Oakland Athletics' would-be move to San Jose. 

Liccardo, whose district stretches the majority of downtown San Jose and includes the proposed ballpark area, said the Giants should be aware of a potential lawsuit.

"The concern that seems to be broadly discussed is about litigation on behalf of the San Francisco Giants," Liccardo told Purdy. "But the San Francisco Giants should become concerned about the threat of a lawsuit by the city of San Jose."

The Giants own territorial rights to the San Jose area and are blocking the move using Major League Baseball's antitrust exemption.

Liccardo claims the City of San Jose is losing millions of potential dollars due to the Giants' prevention of the Athletics' move to the South Bay.  

"We have an independent economic analysis," Liccardo said. "And it documents that the fiscal benefit of a downtown San Jose ballpark -- and this is in conservative terms, with just the property taxes generated and the money that would go to public schools and to the county -- exceeds $30 million over 30 years. And any antitrust suit that the city might bring could mean treble damages."

The Athletics' owner Lew Wolff declined comment to Purdy. 

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