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ATTORNEY FILES SUIT AGAINST MLB AS ANTITRUST TALKS PICK UP
Published September 16, 1994
Debate continued yesterday on the state of baseball's antitrust exemption. In Manhattan, attorney Carl Person filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the exemption. Person is willing to press the case to the Supreme Court if it will force the players and owners back to the bargaining table (Ireland & Kleinknecht, N.Y. POST, 9/16). LIFT THE BAN: Two papers called on Congress to lift the ban. The Baltimore SUN: "The first cancellation of a World Series in 90 years emphasizes the urgency of the problem. We say to Congress, don't wait till next year. In fact, given the history of the past two decades, you shouldn't have waited till this year" (SUN, 9/16). WASHINGTON POST editorial: "It really is time for Congress to consider doing away with baseball's antitrust exemption. ... The game's executives are given to dire warnings about doing this; they warn that it would be the end of baseball as we have known it. Gee, does that mean we wouldn't have a World Series?" (WASHINGTON POST, 9/16). MORE TALK: Richard Sandomir writes, "Baseball has survived past attempts [to repeal the exemption], but the strike and lost season have drawn renewed attention to the exemption and, to many, painted it as the villain behind the labor impasse" (N.Y. TIMES, 9/16). Peter Passel writes: "Wanna see the baseball club owners really squirm? Repeal their exemption from antitrust laws" (N.Y. TIMES, 9/16). American Enterprise Institute economist Irwin Stelzer says a repeal is a "no brainer": "It wouldn't do any harm, and it might do a lot of good" (N.Y. TIMES, 9/16).