Major League Baseball (“MLB”) is big business, with revenues that exceeded $10 billion in 2019. How and why is MLB immune from liability under the U.S. federal antitrust laws? Co-hosts Alicia Downey and Melissa Maxman invited guests Julian Perlman and Sathya Gosselin to debate the pros and cons of the Baseball Exemption from a policy and practical perspective. Listen to this episode to learn about recent efforts under way in Congress and the courts to eliminate MLB’s special exemption.
Julian Perlman, BakerHostetler
Sathya Gosselin, Hausfeld LLP
Federal Baseball Club of Baltimore, Inc. v. National League of Professional Baseball Clubs et al., 259 U.S. 200 (1922)
Toolson v. New York Yankees, Inc., 346 U.S. 356 (1953)
Flood v. Kuhn, 407 U.S. 258 (1972)
Alicia Downey, Downey Law LLC and Melissa Maxman, Cohen & Gresser LLP