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Check out Lester Munson's take on this (http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/9403225/the-san-jose-legal-case-oakland-strong). Possible to lead to MLB Team Free Agency and having an EPL world where the largest markets (read NY & Chi) will support as many teams as the free market dictates - worth keeping an eye on.

Excerpt: The San Jose lawsuit, masterfully drafted by the San Jose firm of Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, is aimed directly at the last vestige of the antitrust exemption established in a bizarre opinion by Oliver Wendell Holmes in 1922. The exemption is unlikely to survive the San Jose attack if the lawsuit is not settled and proceeds to a trial.

And if that happens, MLB will find itself facing a new form of free agency. Any owner of any franchise will be able to move the team anywhere the owner wishes. Under the current structure, any move of a team requires a three-fourths vote of the owners. If, for example, the Miami Marlins or the Tampa Bay Rays decide they can produce greater profits as a third team in New York or a first team in Las Vegas, they would be free to move.

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