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Bunts, dunks, punts, and strikes in professional sports arbitration

A panel discussion of arbitration in the professional sports of baseball (disputes arising from a contraction in the number of league teams); basketball (salary disputes); and football (work stoppage issues).

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The author agrees with the Seitz conclusion in Messersmith as a matter of policy, but finds error in the decision.

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A description of the salary arbitration process for the Major League Baseball Players Association and baseball team owners, and recommendations for reforms that could bring greater fairness to the process and greater accuracy to the substantive determinations. The suggestions were offered in anticipation of the next round of bargaining (spring-summer 1994).

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The former Executive Director of the Players Association discusses arbitration in major league baseball.

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A review of the development of individual salary final-offer arbitration procedures and criteria, used in baseball since 1973, and the distinctions between baseball arbitration and other, more traditional industrial models.

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A discussion of the impact of grievance arbitration on major league baseball; especially upon the relationship between the players and the owners. Three individual, high-profile cases are described as examples.

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Arbitration in professional athletics

The authors examine collective bargaining and arbitration in baseball and football, and the role the baseball and football commissioners have played in resolving player disputes.

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