MLB Major League Baseball
Under the direction of Bud Sigg, the Commissioner of Baseball, MLB takes control of the hiring and maintenance of all the sport's umpiring crews, labor, television contracts and negotiates marketing. Major League Baseball maintains a unique, controlling relationship over the sport, including the majority of minor league baseball’s assets. This is largely because of a 1922 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Federal Baseball Club v. National League, which held that baseball is not interstate commerce. Therefore, MLB is not subject to federal antitrust law.
New York-based MLB Advanced Media oversees MLB.com as the production/multimedia wing of MLB. Shop in any New York high street you will meet many MLB fans from across the country. All 30 of the individual teams' memorabilia and clothing lines can be purchased any time of year. Authentic MLB merchandise is available to own from DieHardFans, the unofficial MLB shop. MLB merchandise can be bought for friends, family and work colleagues. In 1933, the first All-Star Game was held as part of the World's Fair in Chicago, Illinois. It was the brainchild of Arch Ward, then sports editor for The Chicago Tribune. Its great success turned the one-off match into an annual event for players of MLB. Shop around and you can own commemorative coins and photos of the first ever All-Star game. Because MLB merchandise comes in the form of collectors items too, not just clothing and accessories.