The big questions looming now are how much money players will receive as part of the settlement, and whether any other form of relief will be awarded to players.
Minor league players suing the league for back pay have reached a preliminary settlement with the commissioner’s office in a major, long-running case that was set to go to trial June 1.
Terms of the settlement were not immediately disclosed in filings submitted in the case, Senne vs. the Commissioner’s Office, which was proceeding in the Northern District of California. The big questions looming now are how much money players will receive as part of the settlement, and whether any other form of relief will be awarded to players.
“We are pleased to report that the parties have reached a settlement in principle in this over 8-year-old case, subject to court approval,” counsel for the players said in a statement. “We look forward to filing preliminary approval papers with the court and cannot comment further until then.”
A spokesperson for MLB declined comment.
The plaintiffs have requested until July 11 to file the approval papers.
The lawsuit was first filed eight years ago, and a trial could have been particularly damaging to the league. Lawyers representing MLB argued that minor league players do not deserve to be paid during spring training.
“It is the players that obtain the greater benefit from the training opportunities that they are afforded than the clubs, who actually just incur the cost of having to provide that training,” Elise Bloom of Proskauer Rose said in February. “During the training season, the players are not employees, and would not be subject to either the Fair Labor Standards Act or any state minimum wage act.”MLB, minor leaguers settle class action lawsuit over player pay - The Athletic View Story