San Jose seeks to take appeal of ballpark suit to Supreme Court
The San Jose City Council wants the U.S. Supreme Court to take up a lawsuit that aims to stop Major League Baseball from blocking the Oakland Athletics' proposed move to the city.
The San Jose Mercury News reports (http://bayareane.ws/16p8rMz ) the council unanimously voted to pursue the appeal Tuesday. It's unclear whether the high court will choose to hear the case.
A 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel ruled unanimously last month that the antitrust claims in San Jose's lawsuit are barred by baseball's antitrust exemption established by the Supreme Court in 1922.
The A's have been unable to go to San Jose because the San Francisco Giants have territorial rights over Santa Clara County and object to the move.
San Jose sued MLB in 2013 for conspiring to block the relocation.