Oakland A’s Waging War For Silicon Valley

Interesting baseball fight:

The most contentious fight in Major League Baseball this summer involves two teams that seldom play one another, two cities separated by about 40 miles and too many lawyers to count. It is a battle for the future of the Oakland Athletics, and it is being waged in boardrooms, city halls and a courtroom. At stake is the right to operate in closest proximity to Silicon Valley, a treasure trove of corporate sponsors and disposable income. The San Francisco Giants own it. The Athletics want it. And MLB can’t seem to decide what to do about it…Baseball isn’t like other businesses. Its exemption from antitrust laws, which the Supreme Court established in 1922, allows it to maintain local monopolies. Territorial protections for teams date to the 1870s, according to MLB historian John Thorn. And they have enabled MLB to control the number, location and movement of teams.

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