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S.C. representative moves to strip MLB of antitrust exemption after stance on Georgia voting law

Says league deserves "increased scrutiny under the law"

Updated: April 2, 2021 - 5:22pm

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South Carolina Rep. Jeff Duncan announced on Friday his intent to propose legislation that would strip the Major League Baseball association of its antitrust exemption, claiming the league's aggressive stance against Georgia's recent election reform bill has rendered it open to more federal oversight. 

The MLB announced on Friday its intent to move the 2021 All-Star game out of Georgia over that state's recent package of election reforms that included voter I.D. requirements and other security measures. 

On Twitter on Friday afternoon, Duncan wrote that "In light of [the league's] stance to undermine election integrity laws, I have instructed my staff to begin drafting legislation to remove Major League Baseball's federal antitrust exception."

"An overwhelming bipartisan majority of Americans support requiring an ID to vote," he wrote further, "and any organization that abuses its power to oppose secure elections deserves increased scrutiny under the law."

The MLB has been exempt from the Sherman Antitrust Act for several decades under numerous court rulings.