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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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Three Months of State Antitrust Law

Three Months of State Antitrust Law

(p.169) 7 Three Months of State Antitrust Law
The Baseball Trust

Stuart Banner

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the antitrust suit filed by the state of Wisconsin in 1965 against the National League and its ten clubs over the Milwaukee Braves's plan to move to Atlanta, arguing that the team's departure would violate state antitrust law. It first examines the circumstances that led the Braves to contemplate moving to another city before turning to Wisconsin's suit and the challenge it presented to baseball's antitrust exemption. More specifically, it analyzes the decision of the Wisconsin Supreme Court stating that baseball did not violate state antitrust law by allowing the Braves to move from Milwaukee to Atlanta.

Keywords:   antitrust suit, Wisconsin, National League, Milwaukee Braves, Atlanta, state antitrust law, baseball, Wisconsin Supreme Court, Milwaukee, antitrust exemption

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