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Total Pages: ____ LRM ID: IMS443 EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET Washington, D.C. 20503-0001 Tuesday, October 13, 1998 LEGISLATIVE REFERRAL MEMORANDUM TO: Legislative Liaison Officer - See Distribution below FROM: Ingrid M. Schroeder (for) Assistant Director for Legislative Reference OMB CONTACT: Ingrid M. Schroeder PHONE: (202) 395-3883 FAX: (202) 395 -3109 SUBJECT: Signing Statement on S53 Curt Flood Act DEADLINE: 5pm Wednesday, October 14, 1998 In accordance with OMB Circular A-19, OMB requests the views of your agency on the above subject before advising on its relationship to the program of the President. Please advise us if this item will affect direct spending or receipts for purposes of the "Pay-As-You-Go" provisions of Title XIII of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990. COMMENTS: DISTRIBUTION LIST AGENCIES: 61-JUSTICE - L. Anthony Sutin - (202) 514-2141 62-LABOR - Robert A. Shapiro - (202) 219-8201 25-COMMERCE - Michael A. Levitt - (202) 482-3151 EOP: John THOMPSON David J. Haun Larry R. Matlack Daniel J. Chenok Steven D. Aitken Elena Kagan Sarah Rosen Bruce R. Lindsey Michelle Peterson Robert N. Weiner LRM ID: IMS443 SUBJECT: Signing Statement on S53 Curt Flood Act RESPONSE TO LEGISLATIVE REFERRAL MEMORANDUM If your response to this request for views is short (e.g., concur/no comment), we prefer that you respond bye-mail or by faxing us this response sheet. If the response is short and you prefer to call, please call the branch-wide line shown below (NOT the analyst's line) to leave a message with a legislative assistant. You may also respond by: (1) calling the analyst/attorney's direct line (you will be connected to voice mail if the analyst does not answer); or (2) sending us a memo or letter Please include the LRM number shown above, and the subject shown below. TO: Ingrid M. Schroeder Phone: 395 -3 883 Fax: 395-3109 Office of Management and Budget Branch-Wide Line (to reach legislative assistant): 395-3454 ARMS Email System ,. Page 3 of3 FROM: (Date) (Name) (Agency) (Telephone) The following is the response of our agency to your request for views on the above-captioned subject: Concur No Objection No Comment See proposed edits on pages Other: FAX RETURN of pages, attached to this response sheet Draft Signing Statement for S. 53 I am pleased today to sign into law S. 53, the O&Curt Flood Act of 1998.08 This legislation is the successful culmination of bipartisan efforts to treat employment matters with respect to Major League Baseball players under the antitrust laws in the same way such matters are treated for athletes in other professional sports. I particularly want to thank Chairman Hatch, Senator Leahy, Chairman Hyde and Representative Conyers for their efforts in guiding this legislation through Congress . . The Act appropriately limits baseballO,s special judicially-created antitrust exemption by expressly applying the antitrust laws to certain conduct of Major League .Baseball. The legislation would not affect the applicability of those laws to certain matters that, it has been argued, the exemption would legitimately protect (including franchise relocation rules and the minor leagues). The Act provides that certain conduct of Major League Baseball is subject to the antitrust laws; the applicability of the antitrust laws with respect to all other conduct is unchanged. The Act in no way codifies or extends the baseball exemption. The Act does not in any way limit the standing of the United States to bring an antitrust action. The antitrust laws protect the publicO,s interest in the efficient operation of the free market system, thereby protecting consumers, and the United States has standing to sue to enjoin all violations. Treating employment matters with respect to Major League Baseball players under the antitrust laws in the same way such matters are treated for athletes in other professional sports is sound policy. I know I am joined by millions of baseball fans in hoping that the Curt Flood Act of 1998 helps baseball avoid stoppages of play it has too often experienced as a result of player/owner disagreements.