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GOP TAKEOVER OF CONGRESS MAY STRIKE OUT ANTITRUST EXEMPTION
Published November 10, 1994
The Republican takeover of Congress figures to have an effect on the congressional dispute over whether to repeal baseball's antitrust exemption. Many GOP legislators have gone on the record and said they would support any attempts to take away the exemption. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) will become chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and is likely to be more sympathetic to any future moves on the players' behalf than the outgoing chair, Sen. Joseph Biden (D-DE). And on the House side, Rep. Jim Bunning (R-KY) -- a former ballplayer -- is expected to use his new clout to be an even stronger advocate for the players than when his party was in the minority. A senior staffer at the Senate Judiciary Committee predicts that the GOP takeover favors the players: "If they see that the strike is still going on or the owners are threatening a lockout from spring training, I think Congress will very much say that ... this is ridiculous" (Larry Tye, BOSTON GLOBE, 11/10).