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MN ATTORNEY GENERAL GOING AFTER MLB'S ANTITRUST EXEMPTION?
Published January 7, 1998
Twins Owner Carl Pohlad and Acting MLB Commissioner Bud Selig have received questions from MN Attorney General Hubert Humphrey III "seeking information that could be the basis for an attack" on MLB's antitrust exemption, according to Weiner & Whereatt of the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE. Twins President Jerry Bell: "It's a let's-go-after-antitrust things (questionnaire). They're fishing, is what they're doing." MLB Dir of PR Rich Levin said questions for Selig were forwarded to MLB's lawyers. Weiner & Whereatt write, "Exactly what avenues Humphrey is pursuing are unclear." Traditionally, MLB's exemption "has served to limit franchise movement, not encourage it." Potential Twins buyer Clark Griffith said that he's "concerned" about challenging the exemption, adding that it "is of enormous benefit" to MN baseball fans (STAR TRIBUNE, 1/7).