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MLB Using Technology to Expand its Reach

Spring training is underway in Florida and Arizona, and Major League Baseball has a new commissioner, new executive leadership and a persistent challenge. MLB has the oldest and least diverse fan base of any of the...more

Ninth Circuit Rejects San Jose’s Bid to Overturn Baseball’s Antitrust Exemption

Baseball is the only national sport that is exempt from the antitrust laws. The baseball exemption has existed for 92 years and withstood both court and Congressional challenges, despite the United States Supreme Court’s...more

Cuban Baseball Players Are No Longer Required to Obtain a License to Play Ball

Earlier this month, Major League Baseball eliminated a burdensome requirement that made it difficult for MLB franchises to sign Cuban nationals. Until last month, a Cuban national wanting to sign with a MLB franchise as a...more

San Jose Strikes Out in Baseball Antitrust Challenge

In City of San Jose v. Office of the Commissioner of Baseball, Case No. 14-15139 (9th Cir. Jan 15, 2015), the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit applied the judge-made antitrust exemption for baseball to bar...more

Oakland A’s May Not Move, Ninth Circuit Says

After the Ninth Circuit’s decision on January 15, 2015, Major League Baseball maintains its exemption from the antitrust laws. Since the Supreme Court established baseball’s antitrust exemption nearly a century ago in 1922,...more

City of San Jose "Strikes Out" in Case Against MLB

Baseball holds a special place in America’s heart, but it also holds a special place in our judicial system when it comes to federal antitrust law. Unlike other professional sports, such as football, hockey, and basketball,...more

Minor League Baseball Players Take a Swing at MLB in Antitrust Suit

Several minor league baseball players have filed an antitrust class action against Major League Baseball, alleging that MLB and its teams operate as a cartel to impose restrictive contracts on minor league players. The suit,...more

Where Did My Customer Go? Some Pleading Parameters for Tortious Interference

A Federal court in New York recently provided some pleading parameters for employers for claims of tortious interference with business relations....more

Pepsi Gets Grip on MLB All-Star Extravaganza

How cool is it to have the MLB All-Star Game and related events, right here in Minneapolis? Very. As the advertisement shows, Pepsi is playing a large role in the event, as the “Official Soft Drink” of the MLB All-Star...more

Major League Baseball Volunteers Are not Employees Under the FLSA

On March 26, 2014, the District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed John Chen’s proposed Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) collective action against Major League Baseball (MLB) alleging that MLB had failed to...more

Paid in Singles for a Shot at the Big Leagues: Former Minor Leaguers Sue MLB for Wage-and-Hour Violations

Spring training is just around the corner and major leaguers have already reported to their first workout. Meanwhile, an interesting development–three former minor leaguers have filed a lawsuit against Major League Baseball,...more

Was A-Rod Smart To Walk Out on his Arbitration?

Did embattled Yankee third baseman Alex Rodriguez make a sound strategic judgment in walking out of his grievance arbitration hearing yesterday concerning his 211-game, PED-related suspension after the arbitrator denied his...more

Major League Baseball’s Antitrust “Exemption” Is Immune From Judicial Overrule

The City of San Jose, California, entered into an option contract to lease land to the Oakland A’s, a Major League Baseball (“MLB”) club, for the construction of a new stadium. The land was within the exclusive territory of...more

Crying Foul: DOL Investigates Two Major League Baseball Team’s Pay Practices

While the Boston Red Sox celebrate their first World Series clinched at Fenway Park in 95 years, two teams that missed the playoffs are making headlines for their pay off the field. The U.S. Department of Labor’s crackdown on...more

The Way to San Jose: Not Through Federal Court

Frustrated with the inability of the Oakland Athletics to commit to relocate to San Jose in the face of the territorial objections of the San Francisco Giants – and by the failure of Major League Baseball (MLB) to bring the...more

Take my iPhone out to the ballgame?

As post-season play heats up, a few folks at Major League Baseball were gathered, not in Pittsburgh or Atlanta or St. Louis or Los Angeles, but in Queens, N.Y. They weren’t at Citi Field to watch the Mets in a playoff...more

Sluggers Sue Over Performance Enhancing Drug Usage Allegations

In addition to being a busy day on the diamond, October 4 was a busy day off the field for some of Major League Baseball’s biggest stars. On Friday, Albert Pujols and Alex Rodriguez filed lawsuits related to allegations that...more

The Most Profitable Baseball Team Of All-Time And Commitment To Ethics And Compliance

Sorry to interrupt my three-part series on the greatest ethics and compliance article ever written but I just could not help myself. On Monday, forbes.com, in an article entitled “2013 Houston Astros: Baseball’s Worst Team Is...more

Court Tackles Product Market Definition for NFL-Licensed Apparel Case

Beginning in 1922 with the Supreme Court’s decision in Federal Baseball Club of Baltimore v. National League of Professional Baseball, professional sports leagues have been involved in antitrust litigation....more

Cuba Practice Update -- August 15, 2013

Cuban Baseball and the Embargo - Twice in recent weeks news has surfaced highlighting the effects of U.S. sanctions on Cuba's participation in regional tournaments and on Cuban ballplayers who have recently defected or...more

Baseball And Compliance: From The Astros To Juiced Balls In Japan

What do national pastimes teach us about ethics and compliance? I would argue plenty....more

End of the Dark Ages? Lawsuits Put Sports TV Blackout Rules to the Test

Could the New York Yankees sell the broadcasting rights to their games to cable companies and subscribers in Mississippi? Could a Los Angeles Kings fan living on the East Coast pay to watch a crucial, late-season game live...more

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