SAN JOSE

MLB antitrust case to be heard in August

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 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 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 MLB'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.

-- Howard Mintz, Staff