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The Baseball TrustA History of Baseball's Antitrust Exemption$
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Stuart Banner

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199930296

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199930296.001.0001

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A Political Football

A Political Football

(p.145) 6 A Political Football
The Baseball Trust

Stuart Banner

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on Congress's failure to enact sports antitrust legislation, ensuring that baseball would remain the only sport in America exempt from the antitrust laws despite lobbying by other major league clubs to secure the same antitrust exemption. It considers the flurry of activity in Congress wherein numerous bills were introduced and hearings were held to address complaints against baseball's immunity from federal antitrust law, with the aim of equalizing the treatment of the four major professional sports: baseball, football, basketball, and hockey. It examines the reasons for Congress's failure to correct the anomaly of baseball's antitrust exemption, such as the lack of consensus about the best way to do it and the fact that the antitrust debate was never just about antitrust. It also discusses the issue surrounding the television broadcasting of baseball and football games.

Keywords:   baseball, antitrust exemption, Congress, antitrust law, football, basketball, hockey, television broadcasting, legislation

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