Found June 25, 2013 on The Biz of Baseball:
The story is convoluted and obscured over time. The principles in the story have moved on, or passed away. The clubs at the heart of the debate have nearly shifted 180 degrees from where they once were, and the structure of Major League Baseball is under an entirely different organizational structure. The story of who once controlled or gave away control of Santa Clara Co. has taken on new meaning now that the City of San Jose is suing the Office of the Commissioner saying that they are being aggrieved by the league’s arcane rules by disallowing the Athletics to move there. A large part of their case that challenges Major League Baseball’s antitrust exemption rests on the telling of how the San Francisco Giants acquired the now coveted region from the A’s. On page 5 of the complaint (read it here), the plaintiffs claim: In 1990, when the San Francisco Giants were considering selling the team and moving to Florida, Bob Lurie, the then-owner of the Giants, expressed interest in mov...
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