Jun 182013

Oakland REALLY has its work cut out for it to possibly keep the A’s.  From the SF Chronicle today:

(06-18) 12:26 PDT SAN JOSE — The city of San Jose sued Major League Baseball on Tuesday in an effort to move the Oakland A’s to the South Bay, a lawsuit that challenges the Giants’ claim to the region and MLB’s monopoly over the business of professional baseball.

The San Jose City Council voted behind closed doors Tuesday morning to file a lawsuit. Attorneys for the city then filed the claim in U.S. District Court in San Jose.

The suit follows years of political wrangling by A’s owners John Fisher and Lew Wolff to move the team out of the O.co Coliseum in Oakland.

The lawsuit claims Major League Baseball and its commissioner, Bud Selig, have violated state and federal laws regarding unfair business practices and anticompetitive conduct. It also challenges the exemption to antitrust laws that the U.S. Supreme Court upheld for Major League Baseball in 1922.