GOP Senators Push To End MLB Antitrust Status

Mike Lee and Ted Cruz make a move

Republican Sens. Mike Lee (Utah) and Ted Cruz (Texas) joined efforts to end MLB’s antitrust exemption following the latest move. The MLB decided to pull the 2021 All-Star Game out of Atlanta. They did this in response to Georgia’s new bill. GOP lawmakers disapprove of the decision.

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GOP Rep. Jeff Duncan (S.C.) said Friday that he told his people to start drafting legislation to remove MLB’s antitrust exemption “in light of @MLB’s stance to undermine election integrity laws.”

“An overwhelming bipartisan majority of Americans support requiring an ID to vote, and any organization that abuses its power to oppose secure elections deserves increased scrutiny under the law,” he added.

Later that day, Lee retweeted Duncan’s post and added, “Why does @MLB still have antitrust immunity?”

“It’s time for the federal government to stop granting special privileges to specific, favored corporations—especially those that punish their political opponents,” the Utah senator wrote.

Cruz supported his fellows tweeting that they are “exactly right.”

“@SenMikeLee & I will be working hard to END MLB’s antitrust immunity,” Cruz wrote, adding the hashtag “#GowokeGobroke.”

The Texas senator tweeted a link to MLB’s list of official corporate sponsors. He said they “pressured to pull the All-Star game out of Atlanta.”

“Do all of them oppose voter ID?” Cruz wrote. “Are all of them willing to be the woke enforcers of the corrupt Democratic Party? And do all hate the 75m who voted for Trump?”

Baseball’s antitrust exemption goes all the way back to a 1922 SCOTUS decision. Under the 1998 Curt Flood Act passed by Congress, MLB players have the same rights as other athletes under antitrust laws. However, other aspects of the sports are exempt. This includes franchise relocation and broadcast negotiations.

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred supported the decision to move the All-Star game. He stated that this is “the best way to demonstrate our values as a sport.”

“Major League Baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box,” he added.

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Source: The Hill


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