Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


Contributors

Jim Furtado
Founder & Publisher
Repoz
Editor - Baseball Primer

Syndicate

Relocation Newsbeat

Friday, April 17, 2015

U.S. Supreme Court asked to overturn baseball’s anti-trust exemption

Leading off…..Roberts…..John Roberts….

For the first time in four decades, the U.S. Supreme Court will have an opportunity to reconsider baseball’s notorious exemption from antitrust law. On Wednesday, the city of San Jose, California filed an appeal with the nation’s highest court, asking it to overturn professional baseball’s nearly century-old immunity from the Sherman Antitrust Act.

The appeal is the latest step in the litigation surrounding the Oakland A’s proposed move to San Jose. Back in 2013, the city sued Major League Baseball claiming that the league’s failure to approve the A’s relocation violated federal antitrust law. The district court dismissed the lawsuit later that same year, concluding that baseball’s exemption shielded MLB’s relocation decisions from antitrust scrutiny. That decision was upheld earlier this year by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

While these lower courts were constrained by a series of Supreme Court precedents exempting baseball from the Sherman Act, the Supreme Court itself is not bound to follow the prior rulings. So San Jose is asking the Court to seize this opportunity to overturn baseball’s highly controversial antitrust immunity. Like any appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, however, the odds that the Court will agree to take San Jose’s appeal are rather slim.


San Jose is hoping to convince the Supreme Court to take the case by arguing that baseball’s antitrust exemption is an outdated doctrine that is harming the public interest in a variety of ways. In its Petition for A Writ of Certiorari – the formal name of an appeal to the Supreme Court – the city argues that none of the original legal justifications for the exemption remain.

 


Monday, March 30, 2015

Rays denied consideration of re-negotiated lease by St. Petersburg City Council

The Rays are one step closer to moving to Paducah, Kentucky.

ch over a minor monetary amount, with many council members taking offense that the team was not interested in negotiating in public forums.

The sticking point were any profits that might have been had if the City redeveloped a portion of Tropicana Field’s 80-acres while the team still occupied the site. Under the current agreement, the team and City split profits equally….

The Rays owner has already made two intentions very clear: that the Rays must be allowed to explore all options in Tampa Bay for their next stadium in order to have a long term solution, and that the search will begin by 2022 with or without City Council approval due to necessity. The Team and Council are at odds.

Separately, Sternberg has also said that without a new stadium, the Rays will be sold and likely moved out of Tampa Bay. By denying consideration of the amended agreement, particularly after efforts by the Rays to re-negotiate the deal to meet the Council’s concerns, means the Rays are that much closer to leaving Tampa Bay.

The team is being backed into a corner, being legally unable to search for a new stadium means the ownership’s prospects of staying long term in the area are not bright. How will that impact their pending negotiations for a new television contract?

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 30, 2015 at 09:17 PM | 70 comment(s)
  Beats: montreal, rays, relocation, stadium

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Sternberg calls deal fair, says with no new stadium team likely to be sold, moved

Having finally reached what he considers a fair agreement with St. Petersburg to look for stadium sites in Tampa, Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg restated his confidence in the Tampa Bay area as a strong market for Major League Baseball.

But he also said that if the agreement is not approved and there is no deal in place within the next few years for a new stadium to be built, he likely will sell the team and would expect it to be moved out of the Tampa Bay area when the Trop lease runs out in 2027.

“I’m not leaving. I’m not moving this team. I’m not taking this team out of the area. But that’s me,’’ Sternberg said at baseball’s winter meetings in San Diego. “The chances of me owning this team in 2023 if we don’t have a new stadium are probably nil. Somebody else will take it and move it. It’s not a threat, just the reality. I won’t be sitting here 10 years from now waiting it out to move the team.’‘

While acknowledging approval by the St. Petersburg City Council on Thursday remains “a big hurdle,” Sternberg said he believes that approval can lead to success in the market.

“I think baseball can still flourish down here and I’m looking for the oppotunity to make that happen,’’ Sternberg said. “We need to get the building and the location pinpoint perfect for that to happen.’‘

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 09, 2014 at 02:53 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: montreal, rays, relocation, stadium deals, tampa

 

 

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Francis
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogA Baseball’s Exit Velocity Is Five Parts Hitter, One Part Pitcher
(2 - 12:37pm, May 23)
Last: GrumpyFan

NewsblogNYTimes Columnist: Bryce Harper coming to Yankees, A-Rod is worse than Satan.
(8 - 12:35pm, May 23)
Last: JE (Jason)

NewsblogFans angry after Miami Marlins players skip charity event | Miami Herald Miami Herald
(7 - 12:34pm, May 23)
Last: What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face?

NewsblogMike Trout teaches expert lesson in the art of sliding | MLB.com
(2 - 12:33pm, May 23)
Last: puck

NewsblogMLB needs more minority managers; a list of the best available candidates - CBSSports.com
(5 - 12:29pm, May 23)
Last: cercopithecus aethiops

NewsblogOTP - May 2015: Jeb Bush would like to watch baseball with Teddy Roosevelt and Pitbull
(3695 - 12:26pm, May 23)
Last: JE (Jason)

NewsblogDodgers suspend Erisbel Arruebarrena for remainder of 2015 season
(20 - 12:24pm, May 23)
Last: Misirlou's got a job, but it don't pay

NewsblogOT: Monthly NBA Thread - May 2015
(1928 - 12:03pm, May 23)
Last: Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim

NewsblogOMNICHATTER 5-23-2015
(1 - 11:53am, May 23)
Last: Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim

NewsblogOT: Soccer March 2015
(1054 - 11:25am, May 23)
Last: frannyzoo

NewsblogRicketts Family Buys 3 More Rooftops Across From Wrigley Field « CBS Chicago
(67 - 11:09am, May 23)
Last: villageidiom

NewsblogBrewers pitcher Will Smith ejected for using foreign substance
(19 - 10:04am, May 23)
Last: cardsfanboy

NewsblogTribe considered Saturday reunion for Yan Gomes, Corey Kluber, but the catcher must wait until Sunday: Cleveland Indians notes | cleveland.com
(1 - 10:03am, May 23)
Last: bobm

NewsblogWhy Children Are Abandoning Baseball - WSJ
(51 - 9:53am, May 23)
Last: David Nieporent (now, with children)

NewsblogRed Sox have quite a stockpile of talent in Greenville - Sports - The Boston Globe
(37 - 9:52am, May 23)
Last: Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class

Page rendered in 1.0345 seconds
57 querie(s) executed