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US: Minor league baseball plans appeal

 |  August 13, 2017

The attorney representing minor league baseball players has vowed to appeal a decision by the US Court of Appeal Ninth Circuit dismissing the players’ class action antitrust suit against Major League Baseball.

“We are going to petition the Supreme Court, said attorney Samuel Kornhauser. “We still believe the central points that the players are paid less than minimum wage and there is no competition for the players services as MLB owners are getting together and fixing the prices paid to ball players below competitive wage levels.”

According to Kornhauser, Major League Baseball and its teams have for decades conspired to depress wages while increasing player control in professional baseball’s minor leagues. Kornhauser said several of the players represented in the lawsuit worked between 50 to 60 hours per week, but earned less than US$10,000 per year,

“Some of these guys are riding buses all summer and barely making a living, Kornhauser said in an interview with the Northern California Record. “Most first year players make less than US$3,000 a season. There is a question of fairness.”

Kornhauser argued that MLB should have long ago been stripped of its exemption from antitrust laws because the exemption was granted at a time before MLB became the singular national entity that controls the highest levels of professional baseball in the United States.

Full Content: Northern California Record

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