U.S. Representatives Brett Guthrie (R-KY) introduced a bill misleadingly called the “Save America’s Pastime Act,” with the sole purpose of excluding Minor League Baseball (MiLB) players from regulation under federal minimum wage and overtime requirements.
1. What is Mr. Guthrie’s reasoning for exempting the pay of Minor Leaguers from Federal pay laws?
2. What is the average salary of a minor league player and when does he get paid; in other words, what seasonal obligations remain unpaid?
3. Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL) first supported the bill and then withdrew her support. What is her position now?
4. What is your opinion about this issue?
Gibbs, L. (2016). The ‘Save America’s Pastime Act’ Aims To Keep Minor League Baseball Players In Poverty. Think Progress.org, June 30 (Retrievable online at http://thinkprogress.org/sports/2016/06/30/3794617/save-americas-pastime-act/)