Thursday, January 15, 2015

City of San Jose v. Office of the Comm'r of Baseball (9th Cir. - Jan. 15, 2015)

This is right.

Baseball's antitrust exception may be weird.  But it's been the law forever, and Congress has elected not to change it notwithstanding its high-profile nature.

So if the San Francisco Giants want to squash competition by conspiring with other major league baseball owners to deny the Oakland A's permission to move to San Jose -- which is in the Giants' "territory" -- that's okay.  Lawsuit dismissed.

Judge Kozinski's opinion is tight, concise, and entirely accurate.  I'm not sure why it took over five months to write.  Especially since it contains only two (not very good) jokes in it.

But the final product is nonetheless outstanding.  As well as spot on with respect to the merits.

Enjoy the Coliseum for a while longer, As.