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Text of the Baseball Fans Protection Act of 1994

This bill was introduced on August 18, 1994, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Aug 18, 1994 (Placed on Calendar in the Senate).

Source: GPO

S 2380 PCS

Calendar No. 577

103d CONGRESS

2d Session

S. 2380

To encourage serious negotiations between the major league baseball players and the owners of major league baseball in order to prevent a strike by the players or a lockout by the owners so that the fans will be able to enjoy the remainder of the baseball season, the playoffs, and the World Series.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

August 11, 1994

Mr. METZENBAUM (for himself, Mr. HATCH, Mr. FEINGOLD, and Mr. PELL) introduced the following bill; which was read the first time

AUGUST 18, 1994

Read the second time and placed on the calendar


A BILL

To encourage serious negotiations between the major league baseball players and the owners of major league baseball in order to prevent a strike by the players or a lockout by the owners so that the fans will be able to enjoy the remainder of the baseball season, the playoffs, and the World Series.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ‘Baseball Fans Protection Act of 1994’.

SEC. 2. APPLICATION OF THE ANTITRUST LAWS TO MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL IN EXCEPTIONAL AND EXTRAORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCES.

    The Clayton Act (15 U.S.C. 12 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following new section:

    ‘SEC. 27. (a) IN GENERAL- In the event that a unilateral term or condition is imposed by any party that has been subject to an agreement between the owners of major league baseball and the labor organization representing the players of major league baseball, the antitrust laws shall apply to that term or condition.

    ‘(b) TERMINATION OF EFFECTIVENESS- Subsection (a) shall cease to be effective upon the mutual adoption of an agreement between the owners of major league baseball and the labor organization representing the players of major league baseball to replace the basic agreement between the two parties that expired on December 31, 1993, but subsection (a) shall continue to apply to conduct occurring prior to the adoption of such an agreement.

    ‘(c) DEFINITION- In this section, ‘term or condition’ does not include a strike or a lockout.’.