Three big name GOP senators have come together to put out a new piece of legislation that would strip Major League Baseball’s antitrust exemption as a response to the organization’s decision to move the All-Star game out of Georgia due to the state passing a voter ID law.
Sens. Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley, and Mike Lee are introducing the legislation, specifically citing the league’s decision on the All-Star Game as the motivation behind the move.
Sens. Cruz, Hawley and Lee to announce legislation to end MLB’s anti-trust exemption today (the exemption is the result of a 1920s SCOTUS ruling) pic.twitter.com/j4abTRBfBU
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“Monopolies and liberty are not compatible,” Hawley stated Monday during an interview broadcast on Tucker Carlson Tonight. “No corporation should be so big or so powerful that it can control the political process, that it can override the will of the voters.”
The antitrust exemption dates back to a Supreme Court case in 1922 that, if stripped away, would leave Major League Baseball vulnerable to antitrust legislation and expose them to competition.
Republicans have been critical of Major League Baseball for moving the game in response to legislation that went through the democratic process, arguing that the league is both thwarting the will of the people and negatively affecting Georgia residents.
The legislation proposed by the Republican senators could potentially receive support from some Democrats, including Sen. Bernie Sanders, who called for a reexamination of baseball’s antitrust exemption in 2019 after the league shut down minor league teams.
This is a good idea. If companies like MLB are going to go woke, they need to know that decision is going to come with some heavy consequences. Truly, if you go woke, you will go broke. We as conservatives can make that happen and send a message to the left that they don’t and won’t have a monopoly on the culture.