American News Apr 3, 2021 10:04 PM EST

Republican senators begin drafting legislation to overturn MLB's century old antitrust status

New legislation is being drafted by a number of Republican senators in hopes of ending MLB's remaining antitrust exemptions after MLB commissioner Rob Manfred declared that the league would be relocating the 2021 All-Star Game, and 2021 Draft out of Georgia.

Republican senators begin drafting legislation to overturn MLB's century old antitrust status
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Baseball's antitrust status was established by the Supreme Court in 1922, and although certain aspects were revoked by the 1998 Curt Flood Act, the league still "does not have to follow anti-trust laws that govern player contracts, franchise movement and media contracts."

New legislation is being drafted by a number of Republican senators in hopes of ending MLB's remaining antitrust exemptions after MLB commissioner Rob Manfred declared that the league would be relocating the 2021 All-Star Game, and 2021 Draft out of Georgia.

The decision comes in response to Georgia's recently passed voting laws. Proponents state that the laws protect election integrity, while critics suggest that the new laws are discriminatory, and will disproportionately impact minorities.

Manfred stated that MLB "fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box" and that moving the events was the "best way to demonstrate our values as a sport."

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