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CLINTON, CONGRESS PROMISE TO RE-EXAMINE ANTITRUST EXEMPTION
Published September 15, 1994
President Clinton said that baseball's antitrust exemption should be re-examined: "I don't see how we can avoid a serious examination of it" (Paul Richter, L.A. TIMES, 9/15). But Congressional action remained in limbo following the block of Senator Howard Metzenbaum's (D-OH) bill Tuesday. Metzenbaum said he would reintroduce the bill early next week and indicated that he "had enough support" to pass the legislation (N.Y. TIMES, 9/15). HOUSE ACTION: On the House side, House Judiciary Chairman Rep. Jack Brooks (D-TX) will hold oversight on the antitrust exemption September 22. Brooks said that the shutdown of the game "has moved the issue of baseball antitrust exemption to the congressional-policy radar screen as never before" (Alex Truex, HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 9/15). Acting Commissioner Bud Selig plans to testify at the hearings (USA TODAY, 9/15). OUTLOOK: MLBPA Exec Dir Donald Fehr: "[MLB] is the only unregulated monopoly of its size in the country" ("SportsCenter," 9/14). Dave Anderson writes that by "undermining the public's trust in a World Series, the 28 major league club owners have also undermined their antitrust exemption" (N.Y. TIMES, 9/15). But ESPN'S Peter Gammons warned that action is unlikely: "The owners have a lot of friends in high places" ("SportsCenter," 9/14).