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house Bill H.R. 5580

Do Minor League Baseball Players Need to be Exempt From Overtime and Minimum Wage Rules?

Argument in favor

Minor league baseball players receive signing bonuses with their initial contracts and are paid salaries during the season. Forcing baseball franchises to pay them overtime and an off-season minimum wage could cause teams to shut down in communities where minor league baseball is the only pro sport in town.

David's Opinion
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07/03/2016
Minor-league baseball players are seasonal contractors who voluntarily sign the terms of their employment. They are kids chasing a dream, and are willing to do whatever it takes to give it a shot. Much like young artists, actors, and musicians, baseball players are entertainers. Whether taking improv classes as an actor, practicing in the basement as a musician or working out in the offseason as an athlete, entertainers work on their craft constantly, hoping to create better opportunities and contracts in the future. Forcing teams or theater companies to pay these folks during the offseason would drive up the cost of admission, thus drying up the community support upon which the organization depends. As the $15/hr workers in San Fransisco will soon find out, there comes a point at which labor costs become prohibitive, and businesses either automate or shut their doors. Less teams = less opportunity. Player's Associations (Unions) understand this, but unfortunately career politicians do not.
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Sam's Opinion
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07/02/2016
Minor league baseball is a little different than traditional jobs, and requires greater flexibility. We shouldn't hamstring what is essentially an extended audition for the major leagues with excessively rigid and expensive labor laws.
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Sean's Opinion
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07/02/2016
They don't need to be paid during the off-season. It would cause lots of minor-league teams to shut down in poorer areas. On top of that, if you want to get paid during the off-season, then find a damn job.
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Argument opposed

These baseball players typically have to work in excess of 40 hours per week during the season, so they need compensated for that on top of their monthly salaries. Not only that, but minor league ballplayers don’t get paid for the time they spend working at their craft in the offseason and that should change.

Ricky's Opinion
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07/02/2016
I am a former minor league player who left the game because I could not afford to keep doing it at $850/mo (20 years ago). I feel this is not cut and dry. I don't think players should get paid in the off season to practice. You are paid to play and perform, practice is your deal. But I do think that during the season, travel time and oregano prep and mandatory meetings and practices should count and if added up they take a player below min wage, they should be protected. I could barely eat enough food back then and the "bonus babies" or kids with rich parents has better gear, better food, better everything.so I also think equipment should be standardaized so that one player is not at a dosadvantage. This is especially true of Independant minor leagues where many don't even get cleats. Fair is fair. Also why would it even be close to minimum wage when minimum wage is for minimum qualifications. Not everyone can just go play in these games for them. These players (even if they don't make it) are providing a venue for MLB future stars to develop their skills. Pay them!
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Dylan's Opinion
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07/02/2016
Minor league bad all players aren't paid enough to pay rent--they have to stay with host families during the season so that they have a place to sleep. Their salaries are paid by the Major League club the team is affiliated with. Here's how little they gat paid: you could increase every single player's salary by $5,000 a season, and it would be less than 5% of Justin Verlander's salary.
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eswishie's Opinion
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07/02/2016
No one deserves to be exempt from these rules because it then gives room for these baseball players to be exploited. Also, they have to work really hard off-season to be good at what they do, so it isn't like they simply are not doing anything.
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bill Progress


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      house Committees
      Committee on Education and Labor
      Workforce Protections
    IntroducedJune 24th, 2016

Bill Activity

  • action
    Introduced in House
  • referral
    Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
  • referral
    Referred to the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Committee on Education and Labor
      Workforce Protections
    IntroducedJune 24th, 2016
    Minor-league baseball players are seasonal contractors who voluntarily sign the terms of their employment. They are kids chasing a dream, and are willing to do whatever it takes to give it a shot. Much like young artists, actors, and musicians, baseball players are entertainers. Whether taking improv classes as an actor, practicing in the basement as a musician or working out in the offseason as an athlete, entertainers work on their craft constantly, hoping to create better opportunities and contracts in the future. Forcing teams or theater companies to pay these folks during the offseason would drive up the cost of admission, thus drying up the community support upon which the organization depends. As the $15/hr workers in San Fransisco will soon find out, there comes a point at which labor costs become prohibitive, and businesses either automate or shut their doors. Less teams = less opportunity. Player's Associations (Unions) understand this, but unfortunately career politicians do not.
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    I am a former minor league player who left the game because I could not afford to keep doing it at $850/mo (20 years ago). I feel this is not cut and dry. I don't think players should get paid in the off season to practice. You are paid to play and perform, practice is your deal. But I do think that during the season, travel time and oregano prep and mandatory meetings and practices should count and if added up they take a player below min wage, they should be protected. I could barely eat enough food back then and the "bonus babies" or kids with rich parents has better gear, better food, better everything.so I also think equipment should be standardaized so that one player is not at a dosadvantage. This is especially true of Independant minor leagues where many don't even get cleats. Fair is fair. Also why would it even be close to minimum wage when minimum wage is for minimum qualifications. Not everyone can just go play in these games for them. These players (even if they don't make it) are providing a venue for MLB future stars to develop their skills. Pay them!
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    Minor league bad all players aren't paid enough to pay rent--they have to stay with host families during the season so that they have a place to sleep. Their salaries are paid by the Major League club the team is affiliated with. Here's how little they gat paid: you could increase every single player's salary by $5,000 a season, and it would be less than 5% of Justin Verlander's salary.
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    No one deserves to be exempt from these rules because it then gives room for these baseball players to be exploited. Also, they have to work really hard off-season to be good at what they do, so it isn't like they simply are not doing anything.
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    Minor league baseball is a little different than traditional jobs, and requires greater flexibility. We shouldn't hamstring what is essentially an extended audition for the major leagues with excessively rigid and expensive labor laws.
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    Of all the meaningful legislation that could be introduced we have a bill about minor league baseball. This bill is about wage suppression and padding the pockets of baseball billionaires. A vast majority of minor league baseball players make less than minimum wage. Major League Baseball (MLB) pays these players, not the minor league teams. MLB made $9 billion last year. Both Congressman Guthrie and Congresswoman Busto have received money from MLB's PAC.
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    They don't need to be paid during the off-season. It would cause lots of minor-league teams to shut down in poorer areas. On top of that, if you want to get paid during the off-season, then find a damn job.
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    No work, no pay. Chasing an American dream can be fun but isn't a perfect job.
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    Let their owners worry about this!
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    Really!! Don't we have more important issues to concentrate on! The worlds on fire and you clowns are worried about people getting payed to play a game!
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    This is ridiculous, government should not be at all involved in the contract negotiations of players, teams, or any private business.
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    No one's forcing them to pay. If they sign a contract for set amount of money, then that is their business.
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    This is a loaded question. The argument of "chasing the American Dream" then becomes Jon Doe wants to become CEO of "x" company one day, does that mean that he should be exempt from the overtime rule? Then again, hate to see it commission based, paid for performance like a sales person.
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    Baseball clubs already make insane amount of money, increasing the pitiful wages of minor league players will not cause these clubs to shutdown as some are suggesting. The minor league players,especially those that are below AAA are barely making enough to pay for rent and expenses.
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    They are working on their dream. They are professional. They will make more that enough if they get to the big leagues. Besides, it's just a game.
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    Let's stay out of the Minor Leagues.
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    I think its ridiculous, personally. These people are already paid large sums to play a game which only grooms them to earn larger sums of money. Sure, they dont do it all year round, but they also have a job for that time. Overtime? Do they stay after practice throwing batting and running?
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    Not all minor league ball players receive signing bonuses. In fact, most do not. Salaries for minor league ball players are between 20 & 60k per year depending on the level of ball (Rookie league to Triple-A). Receiving overtime and offseason compensation is the only way many of these ball players make ends meet at all.
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    They make next to nothing already. Why would this even be brought up beyond the democratic legislator being lobbied by the people who want to line their pockets even more when they could easily afford to pay a decent wage to these players.
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    Why do people want government to have its hands in baseball? Leave sports alone.
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