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Baseball’s minor-league wage lawsuit goes class action

While Major League Baseball’s top-flight free agents continue to sign record-setting contracts in excess of $200 million, a lawsuit by minor-league players alleging the league failed to pay them even minimum wage continues to gain momentum.

Filed nearly two years ago, the lawsuit was formally certified as a class action in October and since then more than 500 current and former players have added their names. Even a handful of active major-league players have joined the suit, including George Kontos of the San Francisco Giants and Tyler Skaggs of the L.A. Angels.

“We’re very happy with it,” said Garrett Broshuis, the lawyer handling the case, a former minor-league baseball player himself. “The feedback has been great so far. We’ve been getting a lot of support.”

While major-league stars continue to reap the benefits of baseball’s booming business — the league’s revenues exceeded $9 billion (U.S.) in 2015 — those dollars are not trickling down to the roughly 6,000 non-unionized players who populate MLB’s vast minor-league system.

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