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Baseball, major league, America, business, antitrust laws, history


American Popular Culture | Antitrust and Trade Regulation | Business | Law | Sports Management | United States History


Professional baseball has long represented American culture as our national pastime. For over a century the qualities that exemplify the American dream have led players to success on the diamond. Through the relationship between teams and the cities the teams represent, in the major as well as the minor leagues, baseball has developed an intricate relationship with American citizens.

Unfortunately, this relationship is reflective of another American institution, which is our capitalist democratic system. As the players as members of the working class represent the middle class sentiment of the American people, so the ownership in baseball demonstrates the relationship between capital and our American government. In our society those who have the most money have the most influence in Congress. The owners of professional baseball teams have manipulated Congress and the Supreme Court resulting in a distinct advantage at the expense of their employees, the players.

This paper will examine the three stages how ownership in major league baseball created the national sentiment that surrounds baseball, parlayed that sentiment into exemption from Federal law, and maintained the advantage created.

Department 1 Awarding Honors Status