Robert Manfred

Robert Manfred, commissioner of Major League Baseball, opens the 2022 MLB Draft at XBOX Plaza on July 17, 2022, in Los Angeles, California. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/TNS)

The Senate Judiciary Committee got right to the point in a letter to Commissioner Rob Manfred on Monday: If America's other major sports have to follow antitrust law, why should baseball remain exempt from that law?

On Thursday, Manfred told the Los Angeles Times that the only "really meaningful" application of the exemption is in letting the league control franchise relocation. In Monday's letter, the committee told Manfred it wished to focus on "the exemption's impact on competition in the labor market for minor league ballplayers, as well as the operations of minor league teams."

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