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Cheryl
02-05-2002, 12:50 PM
In spite of hinting around about moving the Expos to the DC area, Congress is getting serious. From CNN:

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate Judiciary Committee called for a hearing on baseball's antitrust exemption Feb. 13, a spokesman for committee chairman Patrick J. Leahy said Monday.

The committee has not released a list of witnesses expected to testify at the session, said David Carle, a spokesman for the Vermont Democrat.

Legislation to apply antitrust laws to baseball franchise elimination and relocation was introduced in the House and Senate on Nov. 14, eight days after baseball owners voted to eliminate two teams before the 2002 season. The bill was proposed by Sen. Paul D. Wellstone, D-Minn., and Rep. John Conyers Jr., D-Mich.

The House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on Dec. 6, and baseball commissioner Bud Selig claimed teams were losing hundreds of millions of dollars but evaded detailing specifics when pressed by committee members.

Baseball's antitrust exemption was created by a 1922 Supreme Court decision. It was modified in 1998 by the Curt Flood Act, which said antitrust laws applied to labor relations for major league players.