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Friday, January 16, 2015

Appeals Court Rejects San Jose’s Anti-Trust Suit Against MLB

In a unanimous ruling, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected San Jose’s claims that baseball’s refusal to allow the A’s to move to a downtown ballpark violates federal antitrust laws. The appeals court concluded that baseball’s nearly century-old exemption from antitrust laws forecloses San Jose’s legal case.

“Like Casey,” 9th Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski wrote, “San Jose has struck out here.”

San Jose says it will appeal to the Supreme Court.


Monday, August 25, 2014

Morgantown lands NY-Penn League baseball team

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The Jamestown [N.Y.] Jammers minor league baseball team is relocating to Morgantown and will play in Monongalia County’s new baseball stadium, according to WVU athletic director Oliver Luck.

The new stadium, which is still being built, will also be home to West Virginia University’s baseball team.

“We’re very excited about having a professional sports franchise in north-central West Virginia,” said Luck. “It’s another example of how baseball is catching on in the state.”

The Jammers are a short-season Class A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates that play in the New York-Penn League.

The team is owned by Bob Rich Jr., owner of Rich Products Corp., the largest family-owned frozen food manufacturer in the United States. Rich also owns the Buffalo Bisons, a Class AAA International League affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, and the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, a Class AA affiliate of the Blue Jays.

“When we knew our ballpark was going to be a reality we contacted the New York-Penn League,” Luck said. “I told them we would be building this ballpark and asked if any franchise would be interested.”


 

 

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