On Monday, the Supreme Court denied a request made by MLB to dismiss the class certification of a lawsuit brought forth by minor league baseball players. The Senne v. Royals lawsuit, which will proceed as class-action case, aims to fairly compensate minor leaguers who are paid beneath minimum wage and are not paid during spring training.
The case was originally filed in 2014, and in 2018, minor leaguers were stripped of federal minimum wage protections by the Save America’s Pastime Act.
The case is far from over; Monday’s decision only meant that it may proceed. The hope is that the Supreme Court recognizes how absurd it is that players aren’t paid for spring training when they often have to work 30 or more days without a day off.
It’s pretty simple - minor league baseball players are required to attend spring training, but they are not paid to be there - that’s not fair.— Mitch Horacek (@mhoracek14) October 5, 2020
Spring training for MiLB players is 30+ consecutive days of work, often with zero (maybe one) days off during the entire stretch. https://t.co/UhDc33zvYu
Player compensation is just one of the many things in flux regarding the minors. The Professional Baseball Agreement expired last week, so there is no such agreement between MiLB and MLB at the moment.
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