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Why isn't this simply a form of illegal price fixing?
How can teams openly conspire to hold down the wages of future employees? I understand teams have a monopoly of sorts, but how can that reasonably be held to include a monopoly position over next year's drafted college players who for the time being are not part of the monopoly?
Quick answer is that it was collectively bargained.
Deeper issue is whether amateurs players would have any kind of a case against both MLB and MLBPA.
If the UAW tried something like this (say Ford negotiated something with them where pay for all employees (even those who may not be in the union eventually) was dictated) the conservatives would be screaming so loudly the noise might bring down entire cities. And they'd be right.
I'm about as pro-union as they come, but how can the rights of someone not in the union be bargained away?
So which will be the first team to screw this up and lose a 1st round pick?
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