Some facts about baseball, antitrust and the Oakland A's proposed move to San Jose:

  • 1922 U.S. Supreme Court rules baseball is not a business subject to interstate commerce and antitrust laws.

  • 1972 U.S. Supreme Court affirms baseball antitrust exemption in outfielder Curt Flood's challenge to reserve clause giving team owners control over player contracts.

  • 1990s Federal and state courts in Florida weighing challenges to blocked San Francisco Giants move limit baseball antitrust exemption to reserve clause. Soon after, MLB grants Tampa Bay expansion team. MLB approves Giants territorial rights to San Jose without A's objection as team seeks South Bay ballpark. Giants build new ballpark in San Francisco, keep territorial rights to Santa Clara County.

  • 2009 MLB Commissioner Bud Selig creates commission to study proposed Oakland A's move to San Jose.

  • 2013 Selig tells San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed litigation threat is not "productive"; businesses ponder independent lawsuit over stalled A's move.



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