The city of Erie (PA) is making moves to put a $12 million state grant in motion that’s earmarked for major upgrades at UPMC Park, home of the Erie SeaWolves (Double-A, Eastern League). Read more here.
Category Archives: Legal
State lawmakers voted overwhelmingly on Friday to make it just a little bit easier for the Oakland A’s to build a new ballpark at the Howard Terminal site near the Port of Oakland. Read more here
The Idaho State Board of Education on Thursday approved Boise State University’s request to continue its attempt to acquire property for its new baseball stadium — even if it means using eminent domain to do so. Read more here.
This past week, the Maricopa County (AZ) Stadium Board of Directors voted 4-1 in favor of settling a lawsuit that will give the Arizona Diamondbacks a chance during the next five years to build a new ballpark somewhere else in the county and leave Chase Field by 2022. In exchange, the D-backs have to manage and maintain the existing stadium as long as they remain there. Read more here.
Maricopa County has struck a deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks over Chase Field that allows the team to immediately begin looking for another home if it drops a lawsuit arguing the county should pay $187 million in repairs. Read more here.
With or without the “Save America’s Pastime Act” included in the recent spending bill passed by Congress and signed into law by the President, baseball’s independent professional leagues have, arguably, a reasonable claim that they are covered by an exception to federal minimum-wage and overtime laws, which applies to seasonal amusement or recreational businesses under 29 USC § 213(a)(3). It appears the Frontier League will take a wait-and-see approach. Read more here.
The owners of the St. Paul Saints (Independent Professional, American Association) are seeking an exemption from having to pay its players Minnesota’s minimum wage. The Saints say without the exemption, the baseball team runs into a problem with a league rule limiting club payrolls. Read more here.