Ted Cruz Threatens To End MLB’s Critical Antitrust Protections

Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT) joined Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) to call for an end to Major League Baseball’s critical antitrust exemptions. Without these, MLB would not be immune from federal anti-monopoly laws.

“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,” Duncan said. “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.”

“Why does @MLB still have antitrust immunity? It’s time for the federal government to stop granting special privileges to specific, favored corporations — especially those that punish their political opponents,” Lee said.

Cruz said: Exactly right. And @SenMikeLee & I will be working hard to END MLB’s antitrust immunity. #GowokeGobroke”

Commissioner Rob Manfred released the following statement through the league:

“Over the last week, we have engaged in thoughtful conversations with Clubs, former and current players, the Players Association, and The Players Alliance, among others, to listen to their views. I have decided that the best way to demonstrate our values as a sport is by relocating this year’s All-Star Game and MLB Draft.

“Major League Baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box.

“In 2020, MLB became the first professional sports league to join the non-partisan Civic Alliance to help build a future in which everyone participates in shaping the United States.

“We proudly used our platform to encourage baseball fans and communities throughout our country to perform their civic duty and actively participate in the voting process. Fair access to voting continues to have our game’s unwavering support.

“We will continue with our plans to celebrate the memory of Hank Aaron during this season’s All-Star festivities.

“In addition, MLB’s planned investments to support local communities in Atlanta as part of our All-Star Legacy Projects will move forward.

“We are finalizing a new host city and details about these events will be announced shortly,” he added.

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2 thoughts on “Ted Cruz Threatens To End MLB’s Critical Antitrust Protections

  • April 3, 2021 at 3:10 pm
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    No doubt the new field for the All cry babies game will be a Democrat liberal state. No longer watch sports this being one that I care less about anymore.

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  • April 3, 2021 at 5:10 pm
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    No group should be seen special and given privileges that others dont have. It’s time for a great governmental change to honesty and the realization they are no better than I am. Good job Ted. Thank you

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