Category Archives: Legal

Wild, Frontier League Ponder Future Under ‘Save America’s Pastime Act’

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.

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Saints Seek Exemption from Minnesota’s Minimum Wage Law, Cite Salary Cap

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.

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Marlins Park Legal Drama Begins Today

A Thursday morning hearing will serve as the opening act of a legal drama between Jeffrey Loria, former owner of the Miami Marlins, Derek Jeter, a current owner, and Miami-Dade County, longtime owner of the team’s ballpark.  Read more here.   Meanwhile, the drama over the home-run sculpture continues.  Read more here.

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Former Developers File Notice of Intent to Sue

Centerplan Construction Co. and DoNo Hartford, the fired developers of Dunkin’ Donuts Park and Hartford’s larger downtown north project, have filed a notice of intent to sue over the properties surrounding the ballpark.  Read more here.

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Centerplan Construction Alleges Tortious Interference by Yard Goats

An attorney for Centerplan Construction Co. has claimed in court that representatives of the Hartford Yard Goats (Double-A, Eastern League) pressured the city of Hartford (CT) into ordering millions of dollars in improvements to Dunkin’ Donuts Park that it couldn’t afford and the team had no intention of paying for.  Read more here.

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Ramapo Attorney Disbarred for Role in Ballpark Fraud

Former Ramapo Assistant Attorney Aaron Troodler has been disbarred based on his fraud convictions with former Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence, who could face up to 14 years in prison on the recommendation of federal prosecutors.  Read more here.

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Hartford Drops Centerplan and DoNo as Ballpark Area Developers

The city of Hartford (CT) says it has filed a counterclaim against the one-time developers of the city’s minor league baseball stadium and ended an agreement with them to develop the surrounding area.  Read more here.

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