Found October 12, 2013 on Nation Orange:
San Jose still wants a baseball team, and not just a Giants affiliate. The city has been in a tedious legal battle with Major League Baseball regarding the potential relocation of the Oakland Athletics, and MLB is currently doing everything it can to block such action from occurring. The city claims that MLB is acting illegally - they're certainly not hiding their intentions well, either - in their efforts to block the A's move to San Jose. Back in the Candlestick days, the Athletics granted the Giants territorial rights to Santa Clara County, as San Francisco was exploring options for their new ballpark. They ultimately settled in a prime San Francisco location, but they are doing everything they can to keep those rights. Simply put, an Athletics move to San Jose would infringe on the Giants fan base, marketing, and sponsorship. How much affect this would have no one knows, but that is the Giants claim as they seek to keep territorial rights; as such, MLB o...
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