Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball is the big show and the National League and American League work to produce a World Series after the regular season. Each team plays 162 games so there is plenty of opportunity to get out to the ballpark and cheer your favorite team along. Many consider baseball America’s pastime.
One notable difference between the two leagues is the Designated Hitter in the American League. When the two leagues meet, they play by the home team’s rules.
As of 2000 the two leagues are considered one under the umbrella of the of the MLB.
The original MLB agreement goes back to the 1876 NL Constitution and has revisions as recent as 2005. With the Commissioner’s direction the MLB hires the umpires and negotiates TV contracts as well as labor and marketing. The MLB also controls the minor leagues which is one of their sources for talented players. This unique control is a result of the 1922 Supreme Court ruling which held that baseball is not subject to antitrust law.