Baseball on Trial: The Origin of Baseball's Antitrust by Nathaniel Grow

By Nathaniel Grow

The debatable 1922 Federal Baseball best court docket ruling held that the "business of base ball" used to be now not topic to the Sherman Antitrust Act since it didn't represent interstate trade. In Baseball on Trial, criminal student Nathaniel develop defies traditional knowledge to give an explanation for why the unanimous best court docket opinion authored via Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, which gave upward thrust to significant League Baseball's exemption from antitrust legislations, was once right given the situations of the time.


Currently one thousand million buck company, specialist baseball groups crisscross the rustic whereas the video games are broadcast through radio, tv, and net coast to coast. The sheer scope of this job would appear to include the word "interstate commerce." but baseball is the one specialist sport--indeed the only real industry--in the us that at the moment merits from a judicially developed antitrust immunity. How may perhaps this be?


Drawing upon lately published files from the nationwide Baseball corridor of status, develop analyzes how the ideally suited court docket reached this probably ordinary consequence through tracing the Federal Baseball litigation from its roots in 1914 to its solution in 1922, within the approach uncovering major new information about the lawsuits. develop observes that whereas interstate trade was once measured on the time via the trade of exact items, baseball groups within the 1910s in basic terms supplied reside leisure to their enthusiasts, whereas radio was once a fledgling know-how that had little effect at the recreation. The e-book eventually concludes that, regardless of the common feedback of the opinion, the perfect Court's determination was once in keeping with the stipulations and felony weather of the early 20th century.

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