AirTalk for June 19, 2013

Major League Baseball and Time Warner Cable are in some legal hot water

Oakland Athletics v Texas Rangers

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Seth Smith #15 of the Oakland Athletics is congratulated by Bob Melvin #6 of the Oakland Athletics for scoring in the fourth inning against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on June 18, 2013 in Arlington, Texas.

The city of San Jose has filed a lawsuit against Major League Baseball accusing them of improperly keeping the Oakland Athletics from moving to the city to shield the nearby San Francisco Giants from competition. The city of San Jose filed a complaint yesterday in federal court arguing that the city has lost millions of dollars in new sales tax revenue as a result of the "blatant conspiracy" to keep the A's from moving.

Meanwhile, Time Warner Cable is facing their own class-action lawsuit that alleges the cable provider's $11 billion deal to air Dodgers and Lakers games unfairly passes on the cost to customers without allowing them to opt out of subscribing to the games. The lawsuit claims TWC customers are required to pay an extra $4 to $5 a month - $40 - $50 a year - even if they're not interested in watching sports.

Do either of these cases have merit? Will the MLB be forced to let the A's to move to San Jose? Will TWC be forced to create an 'opt out' option for customers who aren't sports fans?

Guest:
Daniel Lazaroff, teaches law and economics at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles and is director of the Loyola Sports Law Institute


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