Lawmakers Take Action to End MLB’s Antitrust Protections

Lawmakers Take Action to End MLB's Antitrust Protections

( – In 1922, the Supreme Court ruled that baseball was a competition and not subject to antitrust laws designed to ensure fair competition and protect consumers from questionable business practices. President Bill Clinton signed legislation subjecting Major League Ball (MLB) employment practices to antitrust laws. But, the other protections remain in full force to this day.

On April 14, 29 House Republicans and 5 Republican senators introduced a bill to strip MLB of its antitrust protections. The move comes in the wake of MLB’s recent decision to move its annual All-Star Game out of Georgia in response to the state’s new election law.

As Forbes reported, the bill’s sponsors haven’t made it a secret that the bill was designed to retaliate against MLB for stepping into the realm of partisan politics. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) made his position crystal clear, accusing “Big Sports” of attempting to “cancel conservative voices.” Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) turned up the heat and accused MLB of “becoming a de facto Democratic SuperPAC.”

The intention of congressional Republicans intentions is clear: if MLB wants to become partisan political activists, that’s quite all right. However, like in elections, that decision will have consequences.

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