December 21, 2021
Lawsuit Filed Challenging MLB’s Antitrust Exemption Over Minor League Takeover
A lawsuit has been filed against Major League Baseball’s long-held antitrust exemption that could have profound consequences to the league.
The law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges is suing the league in response to the takeover of Minor League Baseball saying that MLB is positioning itself to control all facets of baseball. With the takeover, in September of 2020 MLB removed affiliation from 40 minor league clubs and regionally realigned them. Overall, the contraction decreased the total number of affiliated teams from 160 to 120.
The lawsuit, filed in Manhattan federal court claims MLB’s takeover and contraction is a “naked, horizontal agreement to cement MLB’s dominance over all professional baseball.” The lawsuit adds, “There is no plausible procompetitive justification for this anticompetitive agreement.”