Flood v. Kuhn

Petitioner, a professional baseball player “traded” to another club without his previous knowledge or consent, brought this antitrust suit after being refused the right to make his own contract with another major league team, which is not permitted under the reserve system. The District Court rendered judgment in favor of respondents, and the Court of Appeals affirmed.Held: The longstanding exemption of professional baseball from the antitrust laws, Federal Baseball Club v. National League,259 U. S. 200 (1922); Toolson v. New York Yankees, Inc.,346 U. S. 356 (1953), is an established aberration, in the light of the Court’s holding that other interstate professional sports are not similarly exempt, but one in which Congress has acquiesced, and that is entitled to the benefit of stare decisis. Removal of the resultant inconsistency at this late date is a matter for legislative, not judicial, resolution. Pp. 407 U. S. 269-285.

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