End Major League Baseball's Antitrust Exemption

End Major League Baseball's Antitrust Exemption

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Johnathan Dinan started this petition to United States Congress and

MLB's antitrust exemption is a mistake for a variety of reasons. The games and their business are clearly interstate commerce that should be regulated, not local affairs. MLB team owners have abused this exemption for decades now to rip off fans, cheat players out of free agency, collude among themselves to cheat players once granted free agency and abuse and exploit minor league teams and players.

Now that MLB wants to opine on matters of civil importance and try to throw their considerable weight around in an attempt to influence state and local officials in how they handle elections. While everyone is entitled to their opinion on the matter, the fact is that Major League Baseball has managed to evade paying the full freight for having the privilege of doing so, for nearly 100 years! The Supreme Court has repeatedly refused to address the matter again, stating that it is up to Congress to handle it.

 

With that being said, I am calling upon the members of the United States Senate and the House of Representatives to do what they should have done a long time ago: Revoke Major League Baseball's antitrust exemption. If MLB wants to opine on and attempt to influence matters of interstate and national importance in an attempt to score social justice brownie points, let them pay the freight to do so and be subject to the same rules and regulations as any other business that participates in interstate commerce, which they clearly do. If they are so concerned with equality, let them practice what they preach and strip them of their grossly unfair and predatory advantage that they should have lost the privilege of having a long time ago.

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