Baseball Exemption Can Be Read Narrowly, 2nd Circ. Told

Law360, New York (August 24, 2017, 6:58 PM EDT) -- Despite calling Major League Baseball's long-held antitrust exemption an “anomaly,” Second Circuit judges on Thursday appeared skeptical as they questioned an attorney for baseball scouts over whether the workers and their claims that teams suppress scouts' wages are truly outside the exemption’s scope.

Former Kansas City Royals scout Jordan Wyckoff and ex-Colorado Rockies scout Darwin Cox are seeking to keep alive claims that the league and its teams conspire to keep scouts' wages artificially low. The claims were tossed by a district judge under the antitrust exemption for the business of baseball stemming from a 1922 U.S. Supreme Court decision. Scouts...

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