Senate Judiciary Committee explores baseball’s antitrust exemption

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The NFL enjoys a broad antitrust exemption. Baseball enjoys an even broader exception to federal laws aimed at encouraging competition and limiting monopolies.

Basically, baseball has a complete and total exemption from the antitrust laws.  That may not last. The Senate Judiciary Committee has decided to take a closer look at baseball’s 100-year-old license to chill competition.

A letter sent Monday to MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred seeks answers to various questions. The Committee wants to know how the MLB’s “structure and operations” compare to pro sports leagues that don’t have blanket antitrust exemption — the NFL, the NBA, and the NHL. The Committee also wants to know what justifies the MLB’s ongoing blanket exemption, when the other leagues don’t have it.

The Committee seems to be focusing on MLB’s hammerlock on the various minor leagues. Recently, the MLB agreed to pay $185 million to settle a class-action lawsuit filed by current and former minor-league players over wage payment.

Although this issue has no direct relevance to the NFL, it’s a reminder that, when it comes to antitrust exemptions, Congress giveth. It also can taketh away.

7 responses to “Senate Judiciary Committee explores baseball’s antitrust exemption

  1. With all of the problems we face it only makes sense that MLB anti trust is the thing Schumer wastes his time on. Read the room.

  2. You know, as I was filling up my vehicle at $4.50 per gallon this morning I was wondering when the Senate would finally address this issue.

  3. The price of oil/gasoline is set by the world market. The Senate has absolutely no control over that market and thus has nothing to do with those prices.

  4. surran22 says:
    July 19, 2022 at 8:41 am
    You know, as I was filling up my vehicle at $4.50 per gallon this morning I was wondering when the Senate would finally address this issue.
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    The price of oil/gasoline is set by the world market. The Senate has no control over that market and thus has nothing to do with those prices.

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