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Senate Judiciary Committee asks MLB to explain potential impact of stripping away league’s antitrust exemption on the minor leagues

The Senate Judiciary Committee asked Major League Baseball and commissioner Rob Manfred to explain the potential impact of stripping away the league’s antitrust exemption on the minor leagues.

Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois and Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa sent the letter on Monday and asked for a response from Manfred by July 26. The letter was also signed by Democrat Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah.

“Your answers will help inform the Senate Judiciary Committee’s analysis of this century-old exemption,” the letter reads.

The committee previously sent a letter in late June to non-profit group Advocates for Minor Leaguers, which recommended that Congress create legislation that nullifies the exemption for minor leaguers.

“We look forward to providing detailed information to the committee regarding baseball’s limited antitrust exemption and how it has provided franchise location stability at the major league level, maximized the availability of minor league baseball for fans and quality employment opportunities for aspiring major leaguers,” the league said in a statement.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 18, 2022 at 11:00 PM | 1 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. John Reynard Posted: July 19, 2022 at 02:42 AM (#6087318)
I'm pretty sure the minor leagues would be massively different if MLB couldn't mandate how they worked to each club. The clubs working in concert is what makes the minors, draft, and a host of other "competitive balance" things even legal. I'm not sure how the NFL, NBA, and other drafting leagues get away with their set-ups, presumably because nobody has sued.

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