Time to end Major League Baseball’s antitrust exemption

Commissioner Manfred has perverted baseball into a political body instead of a beloved sports league

Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement and action urging Congress to rescind Major League Baseball’s antitrust exemption:

“For 99 years, Major League Baseball has benefitted from a Supreme Court-mandated antitrust exemption under federal law that no other national sports league enjoys, effectively protecting baseball from any competition. But now Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred has caved to the baseball players’ union and in an unprecedented action moved the All Star Game away from the Atlanta Braves — the first time the team would have hosted the game in more than two decades — over Georgia’s changes to election law. Manfred has perverted baseball into a political body instead of a beloved sports league, and now it is time to reevaluate the federal government’s relationship with the league.

“Americans for Limited Government supports U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan and Senators Mike Lee and Ted Cruz’ call for legislation removing baseball’s antitrust exemption. If Major League Baseball is no longer a politically neutral institution serving the American people, then it is no longer America’s pastime and does not deserve bipartisan political protection in the form of generously interpreted federal antitrust laws.”

Urge Congress to end Major League Baseball’s antitrust exemption!

Action alert, April 5, 2021 at https://www.votervoice.net/ALG/campaigns/83523/respond

For media availability, contact Catherine Mortensen at 703-478-4643 or by email at cmortensen@getliberty.org.

 

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