Globalization, Sports Law and Labour Mobility
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Globalization, Sports Law and Labour Mobility

The Case of Professional Baseball in the United States and Japan

Matt Nichol

This book examines labour regulation and labour mobility in two professional baseball leagues: Major League Baseball in the United States and Nippon Professional Baseball in Japan. Through vivid comparative study, Matt Nichol explores how each league internally regulates labour mobility and how this internal regulation engages with external regulation from the legislature, statutory authorities and the courts. This comparison of two highly restrictive labour markets utilizes regulatory theory and labour regulation and suggests a framework for a global player transfer system in baseball.
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Chapter 3: The principle that labour is not a commodity

Matt Nichol

Abstract

The principle that labour is not a commodity is an influential principle that has shaped the operation of labour markets since the early twentieth century. As will be demonstrated in this book, the labour controls imposed on professional baseball players tend to ‘commodify’ their labour, rather than treating them as the autonomous workers envisioned by writers such as John Locke.

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