Rep. Jeff Duncan of South Carolina announced on April 3 that he intends to propose legislation to repeal Major League Baseball’s monopoly protection.
His statement has come after Major League Baseball (MLB) pulled its All-Star Game and 2021 draft from Atlanta in disapproval of Georgia’s new voter rule, following the Biden administration’s announcement.
MLB’s Commissioner Rob Manfred claimed that relocating the All-Star Game and draft “is the best way to demonstrate our values as a sport,”
“Major League Baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box,” he added.
Manfred’s action was taken after Georgia’s new voting law, which, among other things, demands voter I.D. for mail-in ballots was dubbed “voter intimidation” by those on the left.
“In light of @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,” Duncan wrote.
In light of @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.
— Rep. Jeff Duncan (@RepJeffDuncan) April 2, 2021
Antitrust laws are a set of state and federal laws aimed at ensuring that corporations compete equally. Antitrust rules, according to supporters, are important for a free market. It promotes competitiveness by “limiting the market power of any particular firm,” so the league’s exception essentially removed the competitive market.
If this exception is repealed, it could encourage competition in baseball’s “business,” setting an ending to MLB’s monopoly.
Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida has also expressed his displeasure with MLB’s decision to relocate to Georgia.
“Dear GOP: @MLB caves to pressure & moves draft & #AllStarGame out of Georgia on the same week they announce a deal with a company backed by the genocidal Communist Party of #China. Why are we still listening to these woke corporate hypocrites on taxes, regulations & antitrust?”
Sen. Mike Lee of Utah and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas have expressed approval for suspending the league’s noncompete agreement exceptions, contributing to the growing list of legislators who could impede the league’s politically influenced acts.
Former President Donald Trump has previously called for a boycott of Major League Baseball (MLB) and woke companies, including Coke and Delta, after they decided to cancel the 2021 All-Star game in Georgia to protest the state’s new election law.
“Baseball is already losing tremendous numbers of fans, and now they leave Atlanta with their All-Star Game because they are afraid of the Radical Left Democrats who do not want voter I.D., which is desperately needed, to have anything to do with our elections,” Trump said in a statement released by Save America PAC on Friday, April 2.
“Boycott baseball and all of the woke companies that are interfering with Free and Fair Elections. Are you listening Coke, Delta, and all!” he said, referring to other companies that have opposed the new law.