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Author of “The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports”
The Supreme Court on Monday denied Major League Baseball’s request to dismiss a class certification in a lawsuit filed on behalf of minor league players, paving the way for a case in which players seek to receive compensation commensurate with hours worked.
The case of Senne v. Royals, filed originally in 2014 on behalf of former minor league player Aaron Senne, expanded to encompass thousands of past and present players who were not paid during spring training or received salaries below the poverty line.
“The ultimate goal is pretty simple: to get MLB to comply with the same laws that Walmart and McDonald’s comply with,” said Garrett Broshuis, the attorney and former minor league player who filed the initial lawsuit. “Whenever they ask players to go to spring training, they should be paying their employees for it. During a season, there’s no reason for players to be making $7,500 or $8,000 a year.”
Minor league players long have been paid below minimum wage for the number of hours worked. Had the minor