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Group asks Congress to expand Curt Flood Act to MiLB players

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Apr 5, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA; A detailed view of MLB official Rawlings baseball with signature of commissioner Rob Manfred at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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The organization Advocates for Minor Leaguers has petitioned Congress to expand the Curt Flood Act of 1998 to minor league baseball players in an effort to “bring players out of poverty.”

AML executive director Harry Marino penned a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee leadership Thursday, saying Major League Baseball “has abused” its antitrust exemption to the detriment of minor league baseball players.

Marino called it “the Minor League Conspiracy.”

According to the AML website, the minimum salary for a minor league player is $4,800 and the median annual salary is $12,000 while the federal poverty level in the U.S. is $12,800.

Expanding the Flood Act protections to minor leaguers would increase competition, Marino wrote.

Minor league players could “negotiate the length and terms of their initial Minor League contracts with their Major League teams, knowing that at the end of those initial contracts they would be free to sign with the Major League team willing to provide them the best overall compensation package,” Marino wrote.

“This competition would help drive wages and working conditions to their fair market level and help bring players out of poverty.”

–Field Level Media