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Antitrust case against Minor League Baseball can proceed in Florida

Florida takes a narrower view of baseball’s antitrust exemption than the rest of the country

While many people across the country are excited about the return of baseball, Jim Evans does not feel quite so kindly toward America’s pastime. The former umpire is proceeding with an antitrust lawsuit against Minor League Baseball in perhaps the only venue he could do so—Florida.

Most courts love baseball just as much as hot dog-eating fans do, and would readily dismiss an antitrust lawsuit against the sport, because baseball is exempt from antitrust law, according to three Supreme Court rulings. But in 1994, Florida’s Supreme Court said that this exemption only applied to certain characteristics, but not the general business of baseball.

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