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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Attorneys Pen First Baseball Textbook For Use In Law School Courses

Where the Roe decision has to do with 50s Brooklyn baseball!

I see a case called “Fleer Corp. v. Topps Chewing Gum, Inc.” and one called “Selig v. United States” and another called “State of Illinois v. Cicotte.”

I see a picture of George Brett going apewire in 1983, one of Ted Turner mockingly letting “umpires know he plans to keep his mouth shut during the upcoming game,” and a color version of the photo below, from the Congressional hearings on steroids in 2005. That’s Curt Schilling on the right pondering unemployment.

But “Baseball and The Law” — full name, “Baseball and the Law: Cases and Materials” (Carolina Academic Press, $120) — is like no baseball book I’ve ever had the pleasure to pick up (or, at hardback and 1040 pages, do curls with). And while I am both interested in the law and invested in baseball as a person can be, I’m not exactly among the intended audience.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 21, 2016 at 01:54 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: legal

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Arizona Diamondbacks’ GM, wife navigate unique situation

Among those competing for a roster spot are catcher Chris Herrmann and reliever Enrique Burgos. Both are former clients of Stewart, the club’s GM. Both are current clients of Murray, the GM’s wife.

shoewizard Posted: March 29, 2016 at 10:05 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: agents, diamondbacks, general, general managers, legal

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Calcaterra-MLB Opens A Lobbying Office In Washington

This is not some new area into which MLB is moving. Indeed, MLB and the other sports leagues have lobbied all along. MLB, in fact, used to lobby a heck of a lot more than it does now. According to OpenSecrets.org, MLB spent between $1.5-1.6 million on lobbying efforts in 1998-99.

Bote Man makes baseball fun again Posted: January 14, 2016 at 07:15 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: gummint, legal, lobbying

Monday, January 11, 2016

The Impending Battle Over the Future of Televised Baseball

The case — Garber v. Office of the Commissioner of Baseball — may not be the highest-profile lawsuit currently proceeding against MLB. But from the league’s perspective, it’s almost certainly the most important.

Long-time Fangraphs readers are probably already familiar with the Garber suit, as we’ve previously covered the case on a number of different occasions. By way of a brief recap, though, the lawsuit essentially alleges that MLB violates federal antitrust law by assigning its teams exclusive local broadcast territories (the same rules that also give rise to MLB’s infamous blackout policy).

Not only do the plaintiffs allege that the creation of these exclusive territories illegally prevents MLB teams from competing for television revenue in each others’ home markets, but they also contend the rules restrict teams from competing with the league itself in the national broadcast marketplace (preventing teams from signing their own national television contracts, for instance, or offering their own out-of-market pay-per-view services in competition with MLB Extra Innings and MLB.TV).

Thus, the Garber suit presents a direct challenge to MLB’s existing television business model, one that could revolutionize the way in which baseball is broadcast in the future.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 11, 2016 at 12:07 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: blackout, legal, media, television, territorial rights

 

 

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