(SAN JOSE, Calif.) — The city of San Jose filed a lawsuit in federal court on Tuesday against Major League Baseball, accusing the league of taking part in an illegal conspiracy to limit competition by blocking the Oakland Athletics from moving to San Jose.
The San Francisco Giants own territorial rights to San Jose and have objected to the potential move. The A’s claim those territorial rights were temporarily given to the Giants when they were trying to build a ballpark in San Jose in the early ’90s. The lawsuit claims that territorial rights reduce competition and harm consumers.
“The lawsuit is an unfounded attack on the fundamental structures of a professional sports league,” MLB said in a statement. “It is regrettable that the city has resorted to litigation that has no basis in law or in fact.”
The A’s have been playing in Oakland since 1968, when they moved there from Kansas City.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN