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 11: Conclusion

Matt Nichol


The global evolution of the American national pastime was evidenced by baseball’s preparations in 2016 for the fourth instalment of the WBC in 2017. During February and March 2016, qualifying tournaments were held in Australia, Mexico and Panama and, in September 2016 the final qualifying tournament was held in the United States. These four tournaments included teams from the host nations of Australia, Mexico and Panama, as well as New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, France, Great Britain, Israel, Brazil, Pakistan, Germany and Colombia. In addition to the winners of each of the four qualifying pools, Australia, Colombia, Mexico and Israel, were teams who qualified based on their performance in the 2013 WBC: the United States, Canada, China, Japan, South Korea, Chinese Taipei, the Netherlands, Italy, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Cuba and Puerto Rico

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