Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 112 Part 5.djvu/67

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PUBLIC LAW 105-297—OCT. 27, 1998 112 STAT. 2825 professional baseball amateur or first-year player draft, or any reserve clause as applied to minor league players; "(2) the agreement between organized professional major league baseball teams and the teams of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues, commonly known as the 'Professional Baseball Agreement', the relationship between organized professional major league baseball and organized professional minor league baseball, or any other matter relating to organized professional baseball's minor leagues; "(3) any conduct, acts, practices, or agreements of persons engaging in, conducting or participating in the business of organized professional baseball relating to or affecting franchise expansion, location or relocation, franchise ownership issues, including ownership transfers, the relationship between the Office of the Commissioner and franchise owners, the marketing or sales of the entertainment product of organized professional baseball and the licensing of intellectual property rights owned or held by organized professional baseball teams individually or collectively; "(4) any conduct, acts, practices, or agreements protected by Public Law 87-331 (15 U.S.C. §1291 et seq.) (commonly known as the 'Sports Broadcasting Act of 1961'); "(5) the relationship between persons in the business of orgguiized professional baseball and umpires or other individuals who are employed in the business of organized professional baseball by such persons; or "(6) any conduct, acts, practices, or agreements of persons not in the business of organized professional major league baseball, "(c) Only a major league baseball player has standing to sue under this section. For the purposes of this section, a major league baseball player is— "(1) a person who is a party to a major league player's contract, or is playing baseball at the major league level; or "(2) a person who was a party to a major league player's contract or playing baseball at the major league level at the time of the injury that is the subject of the complaint; or "(3) a person who has been a party to a major league player's contract or who has played baseball at the major league level, and who claims he has been injured in his efforts to secure a subsequent major league player's contract by an alleged violation of the antitrust laws: Provided however. That for the purposes of this paragraph, the alleged antitrust violation shall not include any conduct, acts, practices, or agreements of persons in the business of organized professional baseball relating to or affecting emplo3m[ient to play baseball at the minor league level, including any organized professional baseball amateur or first-year player draft, or any reserve clause as applied to minor league players; or "(4) a person who was a party to a major league player's contract or who was playing baseball at the major league level at the conclusion of the last full championship season immediately preceding the expiration of the last collective bargaining agreement between persons in the business of organized professional major league baseball and the exclusive collective bargaining representative of major league baseball players.