Antitrust Battle Begins

Legislation that would partially repeal professional baseball’s 73-year-old antitrust exemption was introduced by senators trying to end the baseball strike.

As promised last week, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) and Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-N.Y.) introduced the first bipartisan legislation of this Congress addressing the antitrust exemption.

House Speaker Newt Gingrich said he does not support Hatch’s proposal.

Mike Easler, who did not want to work with replacement players who make more money than he does, was dropped as hitting instructor of the Boston Red Sox.

Baseball’s expansion committee talked about the possibility of adding two teams to one league instead of adding one team each to the American and National leagues.

The United League, promising to start play in 1996 whether the strike is settles, announced its first six cities and backed off plans to have cities build stadiums for its teams.

The United League, which would be the first on-field challenger to the American and National leagues since the Federal League in 1914-15. It announced franchises in Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, Washington and San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Vancouver, British Columbia.

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