MLB: $185 million for minor league players

Major League Baseball reached a $185 million out-of-court settlement with thousands of current and former league players who sued the organization for violating minimum wage and overtime laws, on Friday.

By deducting certain expenses, including the amount owed to the attorneys involved in the case, the thousands of athletes involved will receive just over $120 million, according to ESPN.

An agreement was reportedly reached in May, three weeks before the case was due to go to trial, but was formally brought to court in California on Friday.

“This agreement is a major step for minor league players in their quest for a fair compensation system,” said the attorney at the head of this lawsuit, Garrett Bruchis, in a press release obtained by The American Network. As a former minor league player, I have witnessed the financial hardships of those players who earn less than poor wages – and sometimes no pay – in pursuit of their dreams of making it to the top leagues. For the better part of the past decade, it has been an honor to help lead this fight to shed light on practices that have decimated American pastimes for far too long.

Major League Baseball even attempted to dismiss the lawsuit in 2020, but the U.S. Supreme Court denied that attempt.

Professional baseball has also changed hands for two years, while Manfred’s department has implemented policies to improve the quality of life of minor league players, with the majority of about 5,000 athletes earning between $4,800 and $14,700 a year. Teams are now also responsible for housing the respective players, who previously had to pay these costs themselves.

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“We are just in the second year of a major change to our development system, which dates back more than 100 years, and we have made significant strides in improving the quality of life for minor league players,” a major spokesperson said. Major League Baseball, in a press release.

“We are proud that our Junior League players have already received benefits, including free housing, quality health insurance, several meals a day, tuition assistance for those who wish to further their studies. And more than $450 million in signing bonuses for first-year players.” “

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