Research Handbook of Employment Relations in Sport
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Research Handbook of Employment Relations in Sport

Edited by Michael Barry, James Skinner and Terry Engelberg

Employment relations, much discussed in other industries, has often been neglected in professional sports despite its unique characteristics. The book aims to explore in detail the unique nature of the employment relationship in professional sports and the sport industry.
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Chapter 4: Making sense of labor regulation in Major League Baseball: some insights from regulatory theory

Matt Nichol


Major League Baseball (‘MLB’) in the United States is the world’s premier professional baseball league, both in terms of the standard of competition and salary.Players earn from the minimum wage of US$500,000, up to hundreds of millions of dollars. The question this chapter explores is how labor is regulated in MLB. To answer this question, the labor controls that compose MLB’s internal system of labor regulation will be explored, along with the regulatory actors that operate in this system. The interaction between MLB’s internal system of regulation with external regulation by government and courts is also examined. This regulatory system will be analyzed in the context of regulatory theory and labor law literature.

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