Yankees still in legal game over botched agreement

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    A New York State Supreme Court judge on Thursday tossed all but one claim in a lawsuit filed against the Yankees and Major League Baseball over its contract with the team’s previous owners, who will still take the defendants out to the courthouse over the last remaining point of contention: breach of contract.

    As reported by the New York Post, Nostalgic Partners, the consortium that owned the Staten Island Yankees from 2011 until the team’s dissolution last winter, claims that the MLB’s “dramatic” downsizing struck a foul with the Staten Island owners.

    A written agreement between Nostalgic and the Yankees stated that the two sides would stay in business together as long as the Yankees owned 5% of their Staten Island affiliate, which they did at the time of the downsizing, according to the post.

    As the judge wrote: “MLB’s decision to restructure its relationship with (Minor League Baseball) and to change the name of MLB’s minor league affiliation agreement from a ‘Professional Development Contract’ to ‘Professional Development License’ is a ‘distinction without a difference’ because it ignores the intent of the parties to maintain a relationship going forward.”