The MLB announced earlier today that they will be paying minor league players $185 million dollars after a class-action lawsuit was settled. The lawsuit claimed that Major League Baseball violated minimum wage laws and overtime violations.
ESPN’s Jeff Passan was the first to report the MLB breaking news.
“BREAKING: Major League Baseball will pay $185 million to settle the federal class-action lawsuit filed by minor league players who sought for minimum-wage and overtime violations by teams, pending a judge approving the settlement, according to a document filed in court today. ” – Jeff Passan
Passan also added that teams will now be allowed to pay players during Spring Training and instructional leagues.
“Clarifying : As part of the settlement in Senne v. MLB, Major League Baseball will issue a memo that allows teams to pay minor league players during spring training, extended spring training and instructional leagues in Florida and Arizona. They had been blocked from doing so.” – Jeff Passan
Passan later noted that it is unclear how many former players will be eligible for compensation.
“How many players join the class to receive money from this settlement is unclear. But thousands of players, dating back to 2009 in Florida, 2010 in the Cal League and 2011 in Arizona, are eligible. Players will receive more than $120 million of the $185 million settlement.” – Jeff Passan
Many fans took to Twitter to react to the breaking news. It is clear that this is a huge victory for players across the sport.
Some are wondering exactly how much of the settlement will go to the players.
Passan stated in the Twitter thread that the players will be receiving $120 million of the $185 million.
A former minor leaguer is glad that the system is changing for the better.
This is a huge victory for minor league players as they seek to improve working conditions and pay. It will be interesting to see how much minor league salaries will increase going forward.
MLB All-Star Game schedule and important info
The All-Star Game will take place this upcoming week and will be hosted at Dodger Stadium for the first time since 1980. The Home Run Derby is set for Monday night at 8:00 pm EDT and the All-Star Game is scheduled for Tuesday night at 8:00 pm EDT as well.
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