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Tuesday, Republican Senators Ted Cruz (Texas), Josh Hawley (Missouri), and Mike Lee (Utah) introduced a bill to “end MLB’s special immunity from antitrust laws,” in response to MLB moving its All-Star Game.
The antitrust exemption dates back to a 1922 Supreme Court case and has been upheld in multiple subsequent cases. MLB has experienced key exemptions from the Sherman Antitrust Act, which outlaws monopolistic business practices. An elimination would weaken MLB’s power to reduce competition.
“Monopolies and liberty are not compatible,” Hawley said to Tucker Carlson on Monday. “No corporation should be so big or so powerful that it can control the political process, that it can override the will of the voters.”
“This past month, we have seen the rise of the woke corporation. We have seen the rise of big business enforcing a woke standard,” Cruz added to reporters. “That decision was harmful. It’s going to hurt baseball. But it also underscores that there’s no reason Major League Baseball should enjoy special subsidies — corporate welfare that no one else gets.”
Lee, the bill’s chief sponsor, says, “It’s important to remember that this exemption was created from whole cloth by the Supreme Court 99 years ago.”
“It was not put in place legislatively and is a distinctively legislative decision,” he adds
As of this publication, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has not commented on the proposal. McConnell did, however, recently criticize MLB for pulling the game from Georgia.
Interestingly, the legislation could potentially receive support from some Democrats. In 2019, Sen. Bernie Sanders called for a re-examination of baseball’s antitrust exemption after the league shut down some minor league teams. MLB, which controls the wages and location of minor league teams, has slashed minor league baseball over the past year.
Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley, and Mike Lee are scheduled to speak at a press conference later Tuesday.
Oh, and to reiterate: Georgia’s new voting law is not racist and MLB bowed down like cowards to loud, unreasonable, and pathetic media members.