The new spending bill proposed by the U.S. government has passed the House with a 256-167 tally and now waits to be voted on in the Senate. The bill proposes about $1.3 trillion and could cost Minor League Baseball players their rights to minimum wage. Part of the bill looks to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938.
Specifically, the bill states,
“[A]ny employee employed to play baseball who is compensated pursuant to a contract that provides for a weekly salary for services performed during the league’s championship season (but not on spring training or the off season) at a rate that is not less than a weekly salary equal to the minimum wage under section 6(a) for a workweek of 40 hours, irrespective of the number of hours the employee devotes to baseball related activities.”
It seems that this bill will almost certainly pass the Senate and will allow minor league teams to pay their players around $1,100 a month for their services. Assuming the bill passes the Senate floor, it will be voted on Friday to be enacted and it must pass or the government may face another shut down. It seems that pace-of-play may soon become the lesser controversy for Minor League Baseball to worry about.