In the Des Moines Register, Mike Wellman notes that Congress has consigned minor league baseball players to penury. A snippet:
The Save America’s Pastime Act is a distorted label for the language that exempts pro baseball from federal labor laws. The waiver of minimum wage and overtime provisions for blue-collar ballplayers saves nothing more than what amounts to chump change for an industry flush with record revenues.
Yes, big leaguers long ago became millionaires*, but the overall pay scale of the game is feudal.
Minor-league players are paid by their major league parent club, not the affiliate whose uniform they wear. MLB contends that, if forced to pay minor-leaguers a salary that would equate to at least the minimum hourly wage, the minor-league teams would need to contribute to the payroll, which could put some farm teams out of business.
Much more at the link.
*And most team owners are billionaires.