Labor Relations in Professional Sports

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1986 - Social Science - 289 pages
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For all the billions of dollars the sports industry generates, its labor laws and negotiations are still relatively new, and their impact is only beginning to be felt. Labor Relations in Professional Sports offers a step-by-step examination of how these new management-player relationships have come about and what they may portend for the future. In an engaging style that is rich in sports history and anecdotes, the authors examine the background of the major team sports--baseball, football, basketball, and hockey--and analyze how business and legal considerations have affected each sport's development. They also probe current unresolved issues and predictable future problems, such as the relationships of broadcast networks and sports leagues. Surprisingly, this book with so formidable a title is not only readable but even difficult to put down. Explanations of complex legal decisions are reduced to brief, lucid passages. Extensive footnotes are provided in each chapter for readers who wish greater detail.

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Contents

Models for Understanding the Industrial Environment
1
Uniqueness of the Sports Industries
2
Components of the Industries
4
Challenges to the Unions
17
Notes
18
The Sports Industries and the Legal Overlay
23
Contracts
24
Antitrust
27
Dynamics of Negotiation
136
Strike Analysis
140
Settlement
144
Aftermath
146
Notes
148
Labor Relations in Basketball
153
Economics of Professional Basketball
161
Legal Framework
165

Labor
31
Notes
34
Labor Relations in Baseball
47
Baseball and the New Law
53
Salary Arbitration
58
Previous Job Actions
59
Negotiations in 1980
62
Moving Toward a Shutdown
66
The Strike Is On
67
Strike Analysis
69
Strike Settlement
72
Impact and Aftermath
75
Notes
79
Labor Relations in Football
87
Collective Bargaining and the Antitrust Labor Exemption
98
Modern Collective Bargaining
109
Notes
112
The Football Strike of 1982
123
Previous Job Actions
124
Prestrike Posturing
126
Issues in Dispute
130
The Present and the Future
172
Notes
189
Labor Relations in Hockey
201
Early Agreements
208
World Hockey Association
213
Legal Issues
216
Economic Issues
220
198182 Negotiations
224
New Agreement
226
Notes
228
Unresolved Issues Facing Sports Unions
233
Exclusivity
236
Tensions Between the Collective and Individual Interests
241
Notes
246
The Future
251
Prospects for the Union Movement in Sports
257
The 1985 Baseball Negotiations
262
Hit Em Where They Aint
268
Notes
269
Index
277
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About the author (1986)

ROBERT C. BERRY is Professor of Law at Boston College and Chairman of the Sports Division of the American Bar Association's Forum Committee on the Entertainment and Sports Industries.

WILLIAM B. GOULD is Charles A. Beardsley Professor of Law at Stanford University.

PAUL D. STAUDOHAR is Professor of Business Administration at the University of California at Hayward.

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