A federal appeals court will hear arguments Aug. 12 in San Jose's antitrust case against Major League Baseball over the long-stalled plan to lure the Oakland A's to a Silicon Valley ballpark.
In a brief order filed Monday, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals set the date for later this summer, despite San Jose's request to put the case on a fast track to resolution. The appeals court had indicated earlier this year it could hear the case by May or June, but the later date for arguments suggests a ruling will not come until at least some point in the fall.
San Jose is appealing a federal judge's ruling siding with Major League Baseball, which argues that the city's lawsuit is trumped by the league's nearly century-old antitrust exemption. San Jose is arguing that MLB is violating federal antitrust laws in refusing to allow the A's to move to a downtown San Jose ballpark, as A's ownership has been trying to do for more than four years.
With the San Jose plan stalled, Oakland city leaders have continued to explore options to keep the A's in the East Bay.
Howard Mintz covers legal affairs. Contact him at 408-286-0236 or follow him at Twitter.com/hmintz