San Jose city officials have filed an appeal against the ruling of a federal judge on the city's antitrust case against Major League Baseball, according to Howard Mintz of the San Jose Tribune. Opening briefings in the case will begin in May and run into early-June, per Wendy Thurm.
U.S. District Judge Ronald Whyte ruled last year that MLB's longtime exemption from anti-trust laws was enough to override the city's lawsuit, which contended that the league, for more than four years, interfered with the Oakland Athletics' desire to move to San Jose.
The city's appeal states that MLB should be held to the same anti-trust standards as any other sport.
The A's have been exploring a move to downtown San Jose since 2009, but their biggest obstacle has come in the form of MLB and the San Francisco Giants, who own territorial rights in the San Jose area and house their High-A California League team in the city.
The newest batch of legal proceedings could take up to a year to solve, notes Thurm, which could open the door for negotiations between the A's and the city of Oakland. The two parties have already discussed options for building a ballpark in either the Howard Terminal or Coliseum City areas, adds Thurm.