A federal judge reluctantly upheld Major League Baseball's antitrust exemption Friday, throwing out almost all of a lawsuit the city of San Jose filed against the league.
U.S. District Judge Ronald Whyte also affirmed MLB's right to determine where its teams play.
However, Whyte left intact one claim that San Jose might have been harmed because of the league's failure to decide whether the Oakland Athletics can move there.
That could open the door to testimony from Commissioner Bud Selig and the release of internal league documents to show why MLB has not made a decision in the 4-1/2 years since Selig appointed a committee to evaluate the A's proposed move to San Jose.
In 2010, MLB asked the city of San Jose to postpone a public vote on an A's ballpark. In 2011, the city granted the A's a two-year option to buy land for the new ballpark.