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Baseball on Trial: The Origin of Baseball's Antitrust Exemption

Nathaniel Grow


The 1922 Federal Baseball Supreme Court ruling held that the “business of base ball” was not subject to the Sherman Antitrust Act because it did not constitute interstate commerce. This book explains why the unanimous Supreme Court opinion authored by Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, which gave rise to Major League Baseball's exemption from antitrust law, was correct given the circumstances of the time. Currently a billion-dollar enterprise, professional baseball teams crisscross the country while the games are broadcast via radio, television, and Internet coast to coast. The sheer scope of this ... More

Keywords: interstate commerce, Supreme Court, Major League Baseball, antitrust law, baseball teams, antitrust immunity, Federal Baseball litigation, Sherman Antitrust Act

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780252038198
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252038198.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nathaniel Grow, author