Excerpt from The Court-Imposed Major League Baseball Antitrust Exemption: Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Antitrust, Business Rights, and Competition of the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, One Hundred Fourth Congress, First Session
The thurmond-leahy legislation repeals baseball's antitrust ex emption, while maintaining the status quo for the minor leagues. Protecting the current relations with the minor leagues is impor tant to avoid disruption of the more than 170 minor league teams which are thriving throughout our Nation. This is a priority which other members and I have clearly expressed.
I am also concerned about the issue of franchise relocation, a subject on which I held hearings in the mid-1980's while serving as chairman of the Judiciary Committee. Relocation is a significant issue to baseball, as well as other professional sports. If the anti trust laws need adjustment in this area, we will consider this mat ter in the context of all professional sports. Thus, the Thurmond Leahy bill does not address franchise relocation, but separate legis lation is being considered to protect objective franchise relocation rules in all professional sports.
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