Republican senators Ted Cruz (TX), Josh Hawley (MO), and Mike Lee (UT) will introduce legislation that would strip Major League Baseball (MLB) of its antitrust exemptions.
The move comes following Commissioner Rob Manfred’s decision to pull the All-Star Game and the MLB Draft out of Georgia due to a voting law that has been characterized as voting restrictions.
Cruz blasted MLB for playing politics in moving the All-Star game.
“That decision was harmful. It’s going to hurt baseball. But it also underscores that there’s no reason Major League Baseball should enjoy special subsidies — corporate welfare that no one else gets,” he said.
Trust busting momentum builds. Proud to join @SenMikeLee & @tedcruz to intro bill stripping MLB of its special antitrust exemptions – if you’re going to try to override the will of the people, you shouldn’t get taxpayer support for it https://t.co/Fs0rhD49nW
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) April 13, 2021
Stripping MLB Of Their Antitrust Exemption
USA Today calls the MLB antitrust exemption the league’s “century-old golden goose.”
They describe it as “a gift from Congress and the Supreme Court that allows it to operate, in essence, as a monopoly.”
The exemption also allows MLB to restrict where a team can relocate and gives them an incredibly tight grip on minor league baseball, allowing them to control wages and where teams are located.
The league was heavily criticized for gutting the minor league system this year, eliminating 43 teams.
Perhaps their ‘woke’ politics will end up taking out MLB’s unfettered power.
“The fact that Major League Baseball would get together and try to punish a state because the elected representatives of that state and the elected governor of that state settled on a law to preserve election integrity is unbelievable,” Hawley railed at a press conference.
MLB wants to be partisan activists and attempt to influence our political process.
They shouldn’t get a special government handout for doing so.
Time to remove MLB’s antitrust exemption.
— Abigail Marone (@abigailmarone) April 14, 2021
Hawley Office Weighs In
Abigail Marone, Press Secretary for Hawley, said MLB “shouldn’t get a special government handout” for trying to influence the political process.
Marone also blasted NBC News for an article that claimed progressives are the ones interested in “protecting voting rights.”
Very dishonest characterization from NBC.
MLB helped spread Biden’s big lie about Georgia & election integrity – nothing they did protected voting rights.
— Abigail Marone (@abigailmarone) April 13, 2021
Last week, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) challenged Manfred to keep his woke politics consistent, daring him to give up his membership to Augusta National Golf Club in the midst of the controversy.
Manfred has yet to respond to the challenge.
Marco Rubio to MLB Commissioner Robert Manfred: “I am under no illusion you intend to resign as a member from Augusta National Golf Club. To do so would require a personal sacrifice, as opposed to the woke corporate virtue signaling of moving the All Star Game from Atlanta.” pic.twitter.com/4ep07Kf7vu
— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) April 5, 2021
And while the Commissioner claims interest in protecting minorities with a political gambit to move the All-Star game from Atlanta to predominantly white Denver, Colorado, its actual minorities who are being hurt by the pettiness.
Removing the event from Atlanta is having a devastating economic impact on the state of Georgia, from costing an estimated $100 million in revenue to disproportionately impacting Black-owned businesses.
Perhaps the only way to get MLB to take notice is by hurting them in the wallet as well.
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