Manfred Responds to Senate Committee Inquiry Regarding MLB’s Antitrust Exemption

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball told a Senate committee Friday that the sport’s antitrust exemption prevents teams from moving without approval and allows the sport to keep the minor leagues at large.

In addition, baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said many terms of employment for minor leaguers are determined by the Major League Baseball Players Association’s collective bargaining agreement with MLB.

Senate Judiciary Committee leaders asked Manfred on July 18 to explain the impact of potential legislation removing the sport’s antitrust exemption from the sport’s dealings with minor league players. Manfred said the letter “suggests that Major League Baseball’s antitrust exemption is harmful to minor league players and that eliminating the exemption would improve their working conditions.”

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