Friday, August 9, 2013

Challenging Major League Baseball's antitrust exemption: San Jose v. MLB.

Elsewhere, I discussed baseball's antitrust exemption:

- Why does Major League Baseball have an antitrust exemption?
- More on the antitrust exemption in baseball.
- An antitrust lawsuit against Minor League Baseball.

This is a good piece on a current lawsuit between the City of San Jose, California, and Major League Baseball. The City is challenging MLB's antitrust exemption, because it wants the MLB's Oakland Athletics to move to San Jose. MLB argues that stare decisis -- prior precedent or the status quo -- prevents the City from challenging the antitrust exemption. MLB also argues that the City does not have antitrust standing to bring suit, and allowing the City to do so would open the door for any city that wants a major league team to sue any major league organization.

Ultimately, more facts are needed to determine the merits of the City's case. Baseball's antitrust exemption will be overturned at some point in the future, but it is too early to tell if this is that point.

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