ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit by an umpires' academy against minor league baseball's governing body, citing a 1994 decision by the state's Supreme Court that limited the sport's antitrust exemption to the reserve system for players.
Circuit Judge Lisa T. Munyon ruled the suit by the Jim Evans Academy of Professional Umpiring against the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues and the Professional Baseball Umpire Corp. can proceed.
Jordan Bieber, a spokesman for the Evans academy, said a trial date has been set for March 31 next year.
A big league umpire from 1971-99, Evans opened his academy in 1990 in Kissimmee. It was among two accredited ump training facilities until minor league baseball opened its own academy in 2011.