Woke Boycott of Georgia May Have Just Endangered MLB Legal Protection
Rep. Jeff Duncan, a Republican from South Carolina, said Friday that he plans to introduce legislation that will remove MLB’s antitrust exemption after Commissioner Rob Manfred announced the Georgia move in response to the passage of state Senate Bill 202.
Moving the All-Star Game and draft “is the best way to demonstrate our values as a sport,” Manfred said in a statement. “Major League Baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box.”
Manfred’s decision came after many on the left depicted the Georgia law — which, among other things, requires voter ID for absentee ballots — as “voter suppression.” President Joe Biden described the law as “Jim Crow in the 21st Century” and “an atrocity.”
Firing back at the MLB commissioner, Duncan announced his own plans for retaliation.
“In light of @MLB’s stance to undermine election integrity laws, I have instructed my staff to begin drafting legislation to remove Major League Baseball’s federal antitrust exception,” he tweeted Friday.
“An overwhelming bipartisan majority of Americans support requiring an ID to vote, and any organization that abuses its power to oppose secure elections deserves increased scrutiny under the law,” the congressman added.
So what would revoking antitrust exemptions mean for Major League Baseball?
According to Fox Business, “MLB’s antitrust exemption has been in place since a 1922 Supreme Court decision ruled that the league is a sport and not a business.”
Antitrust laws encourage competition by “limiting the market power of any particular firm,” meaning exemptions from these laws effectively eliminate industry competition for the league.
If this exemption were to be revoked, it could promote competition in the “business” of baseball, putting an end to MLB’s monopolization.
How’s that for a curveball?