The 2013 Oakland A’s are young and thriving at the top of their division. The same cannot be said about their stadium, the O.co Coliseum, which was constructed in 1966. Now the City of San Jose is suing Major League Baseball and Commissioner Bud Selig for the right to build a new stadium for the A’s.
“Major League baseball has no right whatsoever to deny the tenth largest city their right to have a baseball team,” said Joe Cotchett, an attorney representing San Jose. “Let them bid competitively.”
A’s owner, Lew Wolff, has been working on a ballpark plan with San Jose for four years. But Major League Baseball has not allowed the move because the San Francisco Giants claim territorial rights to the South Bay Area.
The suit was filed in Federal Court on Tuesday.
Major League Baseball reacted with a written statement on Tuesday calling the suit “unfounded,” and saying MLB “has acted in the best interests of our fans, our communities and the league.”
Wolff also issued a statement on the lawsuit, saying, “I have no details. However, I am not in favor of legal action or legal threats to solve business issues.”