Manfred responds to Senate committee inquiry into MLB antitrust exemption

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

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

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

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