The New York Times has held a minority share in the Boston Red Sox — well, technically its parent company, Fenway Sports Group — for several years. When I first learned this I tried hard to see if their coverage of the Red Sox was at all biased, but I could never find any evidence of it. The sports writing was straight up. The non-sports stuff was all about how fundamental problems facing American society were affecting upwardly mobile Manhattanites, so that was unchanged too.
Anyway, the Times is cashing in on some of the Sox stock. Today it was announced that it has sold 390 units of Fenway Sports Group stock, which represented more than half of its holdings in the company, for $117 million. They will continue to own 7.3% of FSG.
No word on what they’re going to invest their profits in. Might be wise to invest in a better means of protecting people from navigating around their pay wall. I’ve had a harder time making it from my living room to the john than I have getting their premium content for free. No matter the case, the Times will no doubt be ON IT.
The Rockies announced a minor swap of relief pitchers on Monday evening. The Cubs sent lefty Zac Rosscup to the Rockies in exchange for right-hander Matt Carasiti.
Rosscup, 29, was designated for assignment by the Cubs last Thursday. He spent only two-thirds of an inning in the majors this year and has a 5.32 career ERA across 47 1/3 innings. Rosscup has spent most of the season with Triple-A Iowa, posting a 2.60 ERA in 27 2/3 innings.
Carasiti, 25, spent 15 2/3 innings in the majors last year, putting up an ugly 9.19 ERA. With Triple-A Albuquerque this season, he compiled a 2.37 ERA and a 43/13 K/BB ratio in 30 1/3 innings.
The Associated Press reported that on Monday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit affirmed a district court ruling which holds that the minor leagues are exempt from federal antitrust law, just like the major leagues.
In 2015, four minor leaguers sued Major League Baseball, alleging that MLB violated antitrust laws with its hiring and employment policies. They accused MLB of “restrain[ing] horizontal competition between and among” franchises and “artificially and illegally depressing” the salaries of minor league players.
The U.S. Court of Appeals said the players failed to state an antitrust claim, as the Curt Flood Act of 1998 exempted Minor League Baseball explicitly from antitrust laws.
This case is separate from the Aaron Senne case in which Major League Baseball is accused of violating the Fair Labor Standards Act. That case was recertified as a class action lawsuit in March. In December, Major League Baseball established a political action committee (PAC), which came months after two members of Congress sought to change language in the FLSA so that minor league players could continue to be paid substandard wages.