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Teachers Wanted: The Anti-Trust Exemption

I am very naive about the topic of baseball's anti-trust exemption, and anti-trust exemptions in general. 

AN is such a valuable, highly intelligent readership, and I'm hoping it can help me learn a lot about this topic.  Unfortunately, anytime I read something online about it - even a wikipedia page - it's written at a level that is above my level of reading comprehension and I don't have enough background knowledge I can apply to make it stick.  I'm like a high-school freshman thrown into Algebra that probably belongs in a sixth- or seventh-grade math class working on multiplication tables and long division; you can throw 10 high-level law articles at me, but I probably need to start somewhere further back to really understand it.

Here's a few questions to help guide the responses, and the more people who give their two cents, the better:

1.  What exactly is an anti-trust exemption?  Why is it advantageous for a business or organization to have one?

2.  Why does MLB have one, and none of the other major professional sports league do?  I can't tell what makes MLB different than the rest.

3.  The Supreme Court recently received a case related to the NFL that involves anti-trust exemption implications - here's an article about it.  http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/13/AR2010011304394_pf.html   What does this article mean? 

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