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Friday, January 08, 2010
Ed Edmonds on Curt Flood Act and Rights of Minor League Baseball Players

Our own Ed Edmonds was interviewed by Garrett Broshuis, a pitcher in the San Francisco Giants organization and author of the Life in the Minors Blog, on the Curt Flood Act and Rights of minor league baseball players.

Here's an excerpt of the interview:

You've written about entities within minor league baseball lobbying Congress during the passage of this act. Can you talk about the effects of these efforts?

Minor League Baseball was quite concerned about the possibility of any changes to the basic “farm system” relationship of minor league teams to major league teams. In particular, major league teams cover the salaries of minor league players, and this is a critical feature to the existing business model of minor league teams. When the legislation was first considered in Congress, Minor League Baseball made sure that it approached the many Congressmen and Senators with minor league franchises within their Congressional districts or states to make sure that any possibility of a lawsuit by a minor league player could not happen by changing the status of major league players. Most courts that have considered baseball’s historic antitrust exemption have held that it covers the entire business of baseball. The legislation basically left a slight bit of ambiguity by stating that baseball players are “subject to the antitrust laws to the same extent such conduct . . . would be subject to the antitrust laws if engaged in by persons in any other professional sports business affecting interstate commerce.”

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Thanks for discussing this...there was a lot of confusion in our minds regarding this one.

Anonymous Cornhole Game Boards -- 1/09/2010 8:54 AM  

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