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Monday, August 15, 2022

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Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Judge rules minor league players are MLB employees throughout year and are owed damages

A federal judge has ruled that minor league players are considered employees throughout the calendar year and that Major League Baseball is a joint employer, giving victories to the plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit that’s set to go to trial in June.

In his 181-page summary judgment decision, judge Joseph Spero of the Northern District of California also found that the plaintiffs performed “work” during spring training in Arizona and Florida, and that travel time on team buses to away games during spring training and in California during the regular season is compensable under law. The case, Senne vs. Major League Baseball, is a lawsuit brought forth by minor-league players in 2014 over player pay under various wage laws, including those in Florida and Arizona.

A trial is set to begin June 1, and the plaintiffs have already been awarded some damages. Spero ruled that plaintiffs are entitled to $1,882,650 in penalties on a California claim, and that they’re owed money on an Arizona claim as well, but that the amount would have to be determined at trial.

The judge’s finding that MLB is a joint employer along with clubs exposes not only individual teams to the lawsuit, but the central office itself.

Among the factors in Spero’s rejection of MLB’s argument was a statement at least one team itself made. Wrote the Kansas City Royals in one answer to the court, “…the entity known as the Kansas City Royals is a member Club of Major League and employs and has employed certain minor league baseball players, including Plaintiff Michael Liberto.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 15, 2022 at 10:32 PM | 3 comment(s)
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California legislation aims to limit minor league contracts

Legislation introduced in the California Legislature would force Major League Baseball to limit minor league contracts to four seasons and would allow those players to profit off name, image and likeness rights.

Democratic State Sen. Josh Becker introduced a Minor League Baseball Players’ Bill of Rights on Tuesday and said Advocates for Minor Leaguers partnered on it.

If enacted, S.B. 1248 would apply to players for California minor league teams, those playing for minor league affiliates of California major league clubs and to California residents.

“The national movement that established NCAA players’ rights to control their names, likenesses and images began here thanks to the groundbreaking 2019 bill by my colleagues Senator Nancy Skinner and Senator Steven Bradford,” Becker said in a statement.

Minor league contracts currently can cover up to seven seasons.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 15, 2022 at 10:29 PM | 4 comment(s)
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