‘Save America’s Pastime Act’ a Serious Blow to Indy Leagues?

President Donald Trump signed a spending bill into law Friday that includes the “Save America’s Pastime Act,” which allows professional baseball team operators to treat players like seasonal employees and not subject to overtime rules if they pay minimum wage.   The latter could be a problem for the independent ranks, as stated below by Mike Shaprio, president and general manager of the San Rafael Pacifics (Independent Professional, Pacific Association):

“Like all indy leagues, it is a serious blow.  We have long considered ourselves to be an apprenticeship for these players, to help them rise in the ranks, and therefore not subject to minimum wage.”

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