US: SCOTUS maintains MLB antitrust exemption

The US Supreme Court refused to reconsider rulings that give Major League Baseball a broad exemption from federal antitrust laws, turning away two appeals, reported Bloomberg.

The justices rejected arguments from two major league scouts who claimed the 30 teams were colluding to suppress wages. The second complaint the court also declined to hear was from property owners who say their rights were violated when the Chicago Cubs and owner Tom Ricketts blocked some rooftop views of Wrigley Field.

The dual rebuffs leave intact a line of Supreme Court rulings, dating from 1922 to 1972, that largely insulate the business side of baseball from antitrust lawsuits. Congress overturned the rulings with regard to players and their salaries, but left the exemption in place in other contexts.

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