Major League Baseball is a monopolistic enterprise. Although it faces competition from other professional sports and other professional baseball leagues, Major League Baseball literally is exempt from antitrust legislation. In other words, the laws that prevent any other business from monopolizing any particular market do not apply to Major League Baseball or its member clubs.
I believe the MLB is a monopoly. The same as any other sports league where athletes make outrageous amounts as their "salary". There is no competition for the MLB due to the amount of money provided to the league. Any competition that may want to battle the MLB is out of luck due to the insane amounts that each team gives out to its members throughout the year.
MLB is a monopoly because no other leagues have been established to compete against MLB, and for minor/independent leagues to attempt to compete against MLB would be extremely difficult. Furthermore, as a result of MLB’s anti-trust exemption status, it can act in ways that discourage competition from any other leagues or future leagues.
It is quite obvious that MLB is a monopoly. Just like any other sports like NBA, and NFL, MLB is the only organization that controls the sports of baseball in America. It is unfortunate that there is no other competitors and people can choose only MLB when they when to watch the sports in a professional level.
Most certainly the MLB is a monopoly. Sure there are the minors they are a front. The MLB is hesitant on even letting it's rights be licensed to too many people. Though it makes sense, look at them making incredible amounts of money. Why share that? No options for different leagues is available because the MLB will buy out their organizations.
The MLB is in fact exempt from antitrust laws, but in no way practices monopolistic behavior. Monopolies limit output and gouge prices. The MLB provides by far more games than any other major sports league and offers the lowest prices of the big four, even when holding each game's relative percentage of their respective season constant. The fact that there is no competition does not necessarily mean that there is evidence that the MLB conducts themselves as a monopoly. This is the simplest way to put it.
Many believe that having an anti-trust exemption or simply being dominant in a market makes an organization a monopoly. Not so. The definition of monopoly is straight forward: the exclusive possession or control of the supply or trade in a commodity or service. Since it is obvious that MLB does NOT have "exclusive possession or control of the supply or trade in" baseball players, it is NOT a monopoly. In fact, the number of baseball players that work for the MLB is tiny compared to the total number of baseball players in the US, including professional baseball players.
That most people prefer to watch MLB games vs the very cheap and very accessible non-MLB games is irrelevant, as is the dominance of MLB in baseball.
Confusing dominance with monopoly, while common, is very incorrect.