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 5: Internal regulatory actors and mechanisms in professional baseball

Matt Nichol


In the context of labour mobility Chapter 5 is important in that it examines how the labour of playing professional baseball is internally regulated. Internal regulatory actors in baseball profoundly affect what labour mobility is and the level of mobility among players. Internal regulation can be considered the dominant form of regulation in baseball, even though the form and operation of this internal regulation in the United States and Japan has been shaped by the external regulation of the labour laws governing collective bargaining

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