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Resolving (then Un-resolving) the Human Trafficking Issue for Cubans Joining America's National Pastime
Category: Employment, Sports Law
On December 20, 2018, Major League Baseball (“MLB”), Major League Baseball Players Association (“MLBPA”), and the Cuban Baseball Federation (“FCB”) announced an Agreement allowing Cuban-based baseball players to sign with MLB teams without first resorting to defection or having to travel to another…
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MLB Partners with MGM Resorts, Keeps Aim on Preserving Integrity of Baseball
Category: Sports Law
Nearly a century after the “Black Sox” scandal marred the 1919 World Series (and baseball overall) prompting the introduction of a Commissioner to oversee Major League Baseball (MLB) in an effort to preserve and restore “integrity” to the game, MLB announced the formation of an all-inclusive…
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MLB's Bid for Disney's Regional Sports Networks
Category: Sports Law
Amid the frozen free agent market this hot (cold) stove season is a potential transaction that, while not necessarily dictating the headlines, could have significant positive effects on how Major League Baseball (MLB) games are watched—while positioning MLB to better control its content in the…
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Saving America's Pastime Means Not Paying Minor League Players
Category: Employment, Sports Law
In 2018, Congress passed the “Save America’s Pastime Act” (introduced as H.R. 5580) to exempt minor league players from the protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act “FLSA.” While it was tucked away in a voluminous omnibus spending bill, the Save America’s Pastime Act specifically targeted minor…
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