Terry legal studies professor Nathaniel Grow was quoted in a Wall Street Journal article about the antitrust exemption that allows Major League Baseball to prevent the Oakland Athletics from moving to San Jose.
Grow, author of Baseball on Trial, a new book about the exemption, says the optics of the San Jose case aren't good for Major League Baseball because the Athletics' current stadium situation in Oakland is "such a mess." But he says baseball's antitrust exemption has produced public benefits, providing stability to franchises and keeping teams from leaving their communities.
Even with the exemption, he says, baseball's business conduct on everything from stadium rights to broadcasting negotiations is largely indistinguishable from other sports leagues subject to antitrust law: "For the most part, their operations are identical."
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