Prominent Senate Republicans Roll Out Plan to Deal a Serious Blow to Major League Baseball


Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Josh Hawley of Missouri and Mike Lee of Utah are sponsoring a bill to eliminate Major League Baseball’s antitrust exemption after the league pulled its All-Star Game out of Georgia.

The three Republican senators cited Major League Baseball’s decision to pull the All-Star game out of Georgia in response to a recently passed state law to strengthen voting safeguards as the reason for introducing the legislation.

Specifically, the bill will “end MLB’s special immunity from antitrust laws,” according to a media advisory.

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“What prompted this legislation being introduced was Major League Baseball’s decision to pull the All-Star Game out of Atlanta, Georgia,” Cruz said at a news conference.

The Texas Republican added that MLB’s decision was based on “a pile of lies.”

“The legislation Georgia passed expanded early voting in Georgia. It also required identification to vote,” he said.

Cruz pointed out that anyone picking up tickets for an MLB game at the will call ticket booth would have to show identification.

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“So Major League Baseball understands the value of identification, and they apparently don’t think they’re being bigoted racists when they ask you for a driver’s license to pick up your tickets,” he said.

“But they decided to play politics with voting and elections in Georgia.”

MLB’s antitrust exemption came from a 1922 Supreme Court case that held the sport was not engaged in interstate commerce, so it is exempt from the Sherman Antitrust Act of 1890, Politico reported.

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In an interview Monday with Fox News host Tucker Carlson, Hawley said the legislation “would put the American people back in control of their democracy and no longer these megacorporations.”

“We got to remember what our founders knew, which is that monopolies and liberty are not compatible,” the Missouri Republican said.

“No corporation should be so big and so powerful that it can control the political process, that it can override the will of the voters.”

He added, “Freedom is protected when there is competition, not when there is monopoly.”

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Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. A University of Oregon graduate, Erin has conducted research in data journalism and contributed to various publications as a writer and editor.
Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. She grew up in San Diego, California, proceeding to attend the University of Oregon and graduate with honors holding a degree in journalism. During her time in Oregon, Erin was an associate editor for Ethos Magazine and a freelance writer for Eugene Magazine. She has conducted research in data journalism, which has been published in the book “Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future.” Erin is an avid runner with a heart for encouraging young girls and has served as a coach for the organization Girls on the Run. As a writer and editor, Erin strives to promote social dialogue and tell the story of those around her.
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