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SBD/September 10, 2013/Franchises
MLB Franchise Notes: Indians' Postseason Push Fails To Boost Gate
Published September 10, 2013
BAY CITY ROLLING? In San Jose, John Woolfolk reported lawyers for the city's antitrust lawsuit against MLB "filed new arguments in federal court Friday supporting claims" that blocking the A's planned move to the city is illegal (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 9/7). The lawyers in their final arguments wrote MLB's exemption from antitrust laws "has been eroded by Congress and the courts and should not be used" to block the A's move to San Jose. The city's filing described MLB's antitrust exemption as "antiquated and oft-criticized." But it "did not say it should be overturned." San Jose argued that the exemption "has been narrowed in recent decades and no longer applies to the relocation of teams" (S.F CHRONICLE, 9/7).
NORTHERN EXPOSURE: In Toronto, Bob Elliott reported the Blue Jays "will help bring baseball to Montreal next season with a pair of pre-season games" against the Mets. The games will be "played in March at the Olympic Stadium which has not staged a big-league game, or a ball game of any kind since Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2004" (TORONTO SUN, 9/10).