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May 11, 2005
LAW/BASEBALL/FOOTBALL: Stadium Shuffle

Interesting article in Reason Magazine arguing that the big Supreme Court takings case this term, as well as another rather flimsy-sounding lawsuit against the Bengals could spell real trouble for future efforts to soak the taxpayers for publicly-funded stadiums (via Bashman). Personally, I've long thought that - as a condition of exemption from the antitrust laws - it would be perfectly legitimate for the federal government to intervene by statute to prevent big-time pro sports teams from extorting public money as a condition of not relocating. While that would go against my usual disinclination to over-regulate business and interfere in state and local government, a statutory solution could be necessary to protect state and local taxpayers from the undue leverage created by the ability of sports teams to relocate and not be replaced.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 9:13 AM | Baseball 2005 • | Football • | Law 2005 | Comments (2) | TrackBack (1)
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if you know something about anti-trust law you should post a column on what exactly the anti-trust exception is and how it benefits MLB, and why MLB is afraid to have the exemption revoked.

Posted by: Steve at May 11, 2005 11:31 AM

There is a very good short column -- "How Does Antitrust Affect MLB" -- available at http://www.cbaforfans.com/antitrust.html

Posted by: Elliot at May 11, 2005 11:57 AM
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