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Rob Manfred sends 17-page letter to Senate Judiciary Committee defending MLB’s antitrust exemption


MLB commissioner Rob Manfred defended the league’s antitrust exemption in a 17-page letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday. In the letter, Manfred argued MLB’s antitrust exemption “has meaningfully improved the lives of Minor League players.”

The letter comes after the Senate Judiciary Committee requested more information on MLB’s antitrust exemption in July. The committee is looking into how the league’s antitrust exemption affects a number of areas of the game, including working conditions for minor-league players.

Manfred touched on that topic in Friday’s letter, arguing the antitrust exemption is a good thing for minor-league players and that it has helped bring baseball to communities “that otherwise could not economically support a professional baseball team.”

Manfred argued baseball would be less accessible and more expensive for fans if the antitrust exemption was dissolved.

“Without the exemption, there would be baseball in far fewer communities, and without MLB’s substantial subsidization, the cost of attending a Minor League baseball game would be significantly higher in many places.”

MLB received criticism from Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in 2021 after the league cut 40 minor-league teams as part of a minor-league reorganization. Sanders has routinely spoken out against Manfred and MLB.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 30, 2022 at 09:22 AM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Walt Davis Posted: July 30, 2022 at 06:10 PM (#6089015)
Any mention of a Nigerian prince?
   2. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: July 30, 2022 at 10:14 PM (#6089039)
Manfred touched on that topic in Friday’s letter, arguing the antitrust exemption is a good thing for minor-league players and that it has helped bring baseball to communities “that otherwise could not economically support a professional baseball team.”

"Except, of course, for the players on those 40 teams I recently eliminated in order to recover 0.00003% of an average franchise's budget. **** those guys."
   3. Walt Davis Posted: July 31, 2022 at 04:00 PM (#6089088)
"There are too many states these days. Please eliminate three. I am not a crackpot."
   4. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: July 31, 2022 at 05:19 PM (#6089097)
Burn it all down.
   5. John Reynard Posted: August 01, 2022 at 03:00 AM (#6089143)
Will the owners fire Manfred if his ####### with MLB's core that justified the exemption (keeping minors in many places) is what makes them lose the exemption?
   6. Lassus Posted: August 01, 2022 at 08:26 AM (#6089153)
Without getting into the brain farting of Mohawk Valley's finest, what the heck is going to happen if baseball DOES lose its antitrust exemption? XLB going to run wild? Saudi League Baseball drawing crowds like at Bedminster? I find myself wondering what sort of substantive change people imagine would even occur.
   7. TJ Posted: August 01, 2022 at 08:41 AM (#6089155)
Really? How many were written in crayon?
   8. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: August 01, 2022 at 09:12 AM (#6089159)
Will the owners fire Manfred if his ####### with MLB's core that justified the exemption (keeping minors in many places) is what makes them lose the exemption?

Will the owners even be able to hear the decision being rendered over the sound of all that sweet sweet gambling payola falling from the sky?
   9. My name is Votto, and I love to get Moppo Posted: August 01, 2022 at 11:44 AM (#6089185)
"Except, of course, for the players on those 40 teams I recently eliminated in order to recover 0.00003% of an average franchise's budget. **** those guys."


Yeah, it's hard for Manfred's statement to pass the laugh test, but if Congress does anything either way, I'd b amazed. And like Lassus, I'm unclear on what would even change.
   10. Russ Posted: August 01, 2022 at 12:16 PM (#6089191)
And like Lassus, I'm unclear on what would even change.


I'm pretty sure the lack of anti-trust protection (at least used to be) the reason that franchises in the other three major sports could change locations much more easily than baseball, but I'm not sure if that is still the case. I would foresee this as the most obvious possible effect of losing the exemption.

And here is an article that spells that out:

https://www.sportsnet.ca/mlb/article/manfred-to-senators-antitrust-exemption-stops-city-switches/

   11. sunday silence (again) Posted: August 01, 2022 at 06:03 PM (#6089269)
Is it worth pointing out that each successive baseball Commissioner just seems more of a tool than the last one? Can anyone imagine Bowie Kuhn or Peter Ubberoth writing a letter to Congress about their anti trust exemption?

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