GOP lawmakers scrutinize MLB antitrust exemption following partisan withdrawal of All-Star Game

Based on media parroting of misleading and outright false narratives — and bowing to threats of boycotts and pressure campaigns — Major League Baseball (MLB) announced this week that, in protest of Georgia’s new election reform laws, the league would move its All-Star Game and player draft out of Atlanta.

The decision sparked incredible blowback among many fans and Republican lawmakers in the House and Senate, some of whom immediately called into question whether MLB’s dubious exemption from antitrust laws should be revoked, Breitbart reported.

MLB bows to the mob

There has been an inordinate amount of misinformation spread regarding certain provisions of Georgia’s new election laws, which prompted an avalanche of public statements of condemnation from dozens, if not hundreds, of “woke” corporations, including MLB.

In an absurd statement issued Friday, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said, “I have decided that the best way to demonstrate our values as a sport is by relocating this year’s All-Star Game and MLB Draft.”

Needless to say, given that the inarticulable opposition to Georgia’s new laws is firmly rooted in vague falsities, that decision is not sitting well with those who understand not just what occurred in Georgia, but the bigger picture of “woke” corporations and non-governmental entities imposing partisan ideology on the population.

Antitrust exemption targeted

In response to the announcement, Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) tweeted, “In light of [the MLB’s] stance to undermine election integrity laws, I have instructed my staff to begin drafting legislation to remove Major League Baseball’s federal antitrust exception.

“An overwhelming bipartisan majority of Americans support requiring an ID to vote, and any organization that abuses its power to oppose secure elections deserves increased scrutiny under the law,” the congressman added.

For anything to actually happen, though, Duncan would need a helping hand from fellow Republicans in the Senate, and two members quickly stepped up to the plate to try and bring home this particular legislative proposal, Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Ted Cruz (R-TX).

Sharing Duncan’s tweet, Lee wrote, “Why does @MLB still have antitrust immunity? It’s time for the federal government to stop granting special privileges to specific, favored corporations — especially those that punish their political opponents.”

Echoing that, Cruz tweeted, “EXACTLY right. And @SenMikeLee & I will be working hard to END MLB’s antitrust immunity. #GowokeGobroke”

Fighting fire with fire

Also, suggesting that two can play the boycott and public pressure game, Cruz tweeted out a link to a list of corporate sponsors for MLB, and asked: “Do all of them oppose voter ID? Are all of them willing to be the woke enforcers of the corrupt Democratic Party? And do all hate the 75 [million] who voted for Trump?”

For what it’s worth, Fox Business reported that MLB, unique among the professional sports leagues, has enjoyed an exemption from antitrust laws since a 1922 Supreme Court decision that, in essence, determined that the league was simply a sport and not an actual business — a determination that certainly deserves to be reexamined and, if necessary, changed by way of legislation.

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13 Responses

  1. I hope they don’t just talk I hope they actually do something! Coke needs to leave and take their product to China! Maybe they can tell China what to do!

  2. The way things are going, who needs them? they can not survive without “the Us”. and this Us has walked away from sports, coke, pepsi and a lot of others. good riddance.

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  4. Just do it, revoke this exemption and hold MLB and any other Corporations that don’t agree with Georgia on the “Required Voter ID”. This is just plain “Stupid” to not require Voter ID and is just what the Liberals are trying to do to America! This whole election fraud is way out of control!

  5. I agree. Let them hay their fair share. If they want to live under only the rules with which they agree then go for it. Don’t bother the rest of us.
    Who came up with this “woke”business anyway.

  6. Those that follows sporting venues as a political platform is so out of touch with the reality…try reading and educate yourself of the changes that were made…the corporate world is quick to react without the facts just like many others…just dumb! So yes MLB, take your ball and leave…don’t need you…

  7. my father played football,baseball,baskertball and ran travk in collage so we wereraised watching sports but I no longer follow most of them . They are too political and if you do not agree with them you are an unbearable . I want thr right to vote in aa fair and legal eelection. Many things they are saying are not completely true Water and food canbe givee but not as an incetive to vote for a certain canidateand with a space limit. An id you have to have an id for just about anything you do. have now given up sports and coke products. not that they will care but WOKE politics ask you to give up too much freedom.

  8. MLB has no backbone. The Players Union has destroyed the purity of the game. The commisioner is a cowardly little wokster, like his football counterpart. They don’t even consider what is good for the American people. They just cave to whatever the leftwing hacks dictate to them. I don’t even think they have their lawyers read the legislation. It’s simpler to cave to the loudmouth fascists. Man up you stupid ignorant poltroons. Our culture is on the line.

  9. Don’t stop with MLB, continue with any other College or professional sports. We need to send a message to the professional players corporations that they need to stick with playing the games for the entertainment of the public. Black athletes have to understand that if the public wouldn’t support them, they would be standing in soup lines or sit in homeless shelters like a lot of deprived Americans, because of democrat policies to take care of foreigners before our own people.

  10. The mlb commissioner has no values. He made his decision without even knowing what was in the election reform law, or not understanding it. So let him go ahead and move. Not many people care one way or the other. Maybe everyone will quit attending the ball games and the he can look for another job. There is absolutely no reason they should have antitrust exemption.

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