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MLB Seeks Minimum Wage Exemption in Arizona

Feb 23, 2024

MLB is trying to get assistance from the state of Arizona.

According to Axios, the league has asked Arizona lawmakers to exempt players from the state’s minimum wage laws for spring training. To do so, it will require the support of reluctant Democrats.

The West Coast home for spring training, Arizona, could lose teams if they aren’t able to comply with player contracts. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who played college baseball at Yale, signed a similar exemption for minor league players last year. Florida is the East Coast hotbed for spring training facilities.

In April 2023, MLB owners approved a five-year labor agreement with minor league players that more than doubled their previous salaries, which is why the players support the league’s ask. The labor deal included spring training pay below Arizona’s minimum wage of $14.35 an hour. The Arizona state government has a Republican majority in both the House and Senate by one single seat in each, making the majority to approve the exemption seem improbable but not impossible to pass through.

Source: Front Office Sports

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