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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

9781788115001 Edward Elgar Publishing
Matt Nichol, Lecturer, Law School, Central Queensland University, Australia
Publication Date: 2019 ISBN: 978 1 78811 500 1 Extent: 256 pp
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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This book examines labour regulation and labour mobility in two professional baseball leagues: Major League Baseball (MLB) in the United States and Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) 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.

Each system of labour regulation can be viewed as an autopoietic system of law that utilizes voluntary self-regulation as the basis for regulation. While the regulatory systems in each league govern labour mobility in a similar manner using labour controls such as the draft, the reserve system and free agency, the two systems operate differently in terms of the level of labour mobility enjoyed by players. Formal rules, informal rules and normative practice result in MLB having relatively high levels of labour mobility for free agent players while similar players enjoy limited mobility in NPB.

The book’s engaging, multifaceted focus and comparative nature make it an excellent resource for lawyers, academics and advanced students interested in labour law, sports law, and Asian and European law.
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‘Nichol has written a fascinating account of labour mobility in baseball whilst dissecting theories underpinning the regulation of employment in the sport and building a case for a global player transfer system.’
– Stacey Steele, Australian Journal of Asian Law
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Contents: 1. Introduction 2. Overview of Professional Baseball in the United States and Japan 3. The Principle That Labour is Not a Commodity 4. Regulation and Labour Regulation 5. Internal Regulatory Actors and Mechanisms in Professional Baseball 6. External Regulatory Actors and Mechanisms in Professional Baseball 7. The Law and the Principle of Labour Mobility 8. The Scope of Labour Mobility in Professional Baseball 9. The Commodification of Labour in Professional Baseball 10. Globalization and the Framework for a New Global Player Transfer System in Baseball 11. Conclusion Bibliography Index

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