The Supreme Court has declined to hear a case that would have allowed minor-league baseball players to make more money, according to the Associated Press.
The three-judge panel agreed unanimously that the Supreme Court would not hear the case.
The case, known as the Miranda lawsuit, has actually been around for a few years. It was initially dismissed by a federal judge in 2015. In order for the lawsuit to have a shot, the Supreme Court would have had to agree to take it on.
The lawsuit, which was filed by four minor leaguers, alleged that Major League Baseball rules unfairly limited players’ pay by subjecting them to the draft process and limiting bonus pools.
While pay in the majors is lucrative, salaries are severely limited in the minors. A New Yorker article in 2015 said minor-league players could earn as little as $3,000 to $7,500 in a single year, which is far below the poverty line. And due to restrictions in place by the league, players cannot play baseball elsewhere to try and supplement their income.
Though the federal judge declined to hear the case in 2015, he actually thought the four minor leaguers had a compelling argument. Ultimately, he believed the issue could not be settled on a federal level. He argued that only Congress or the Supreme Court could make that determination.
That won’t be the case for now, but it probably won’t be long before another group of minor-league players attempts to make the case they deserve higher wages.
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