Take Away MLB Anti-Trust Exemption

Take Away MLB Anti-Trust Exemption

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Linda Rhoades-Swartz started this petition to Mitch McConnell and

America's Pasttime is no longer America's Pasttime. Instead MLB has decided it no longer wants a partnership with MiLB and wants to dictate - let me say this again - DICTATE - how baseball should proceed. MLB is going to cut 42 teams from its 160 team affiliation because it wants to keep costs down. In the meantime, MLB enjoys an antitrust exemption.

For those of you who know about economics, this type of exemption is rare. The government wants to make sure monopolies and oligopolies do not form because it will have a negative effect on the economy. However, is this not what Baseball has become?

42 teams short mean 1000 plus players' dreams cut short. It means hundreds of front office staff out of work. It means a drain on the economic livelihood of the communities these teams are housed in. More importantly, many of these ball field/team owners spent millions of dollars to bring their stadiums up to par for what? For MLB and Manfred to say, good riddance. I think not.

Whole leagues will be cut, West Virginia will lose many of its teams. Pennsylvania will lose teams, New York will lose teams. These are the cornerstone of these communities. We need to tell Manfred how we fell. We need to hit them where it hurts, in their wallets. 

Congress can only take the anti-trust exemption away, let's ask Mitch McConnell and others to do that. Take it away. These teams mean so much to these communities who look to them for entertainment. MLB under Manfred just threw that away and gave these teams the middle finger. So, let's give it right back to him. Support this cause. Let's show MLB and Commissioner Manfred that "we, the American people won't take his dictatorship any longer", we the American People support our minor league teams.

 

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