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National Baseball Arbitration Competition

February 14, 2011

Last Thursday and Friday, I participated in Tulane University Law School’s National Baseball Arbitration Competition. The competition allows students to participate in mock baseball arbitration proceedings by representing a player or team and arguing that a particular player request or team offer should be awarded. It was a fantastic two-day event with Thursday consisting of the first three rounds and Friday consisting of the semifinal and final rounds as well as a symposium. Along with Mark Lesorgen, a 2L at Miami Law and member of the Entertainment & Sports Law Society, I won the competition.

In my opinion, the best aspect of the competition was the ability to present in front of industry professionals. In the final round, Mark and I presented the case for Shaun Marcum versus the Toronto Blue Jays (the cases were set before Marcum was traded, and the rules dictated that the trade would be ignored for purposes of the competition) and had the opportunity to make our case to Michael Weiner, Executive Director of the MLBPA, Jon Fetterolf, Partner at Williams & Connolly and certified MLB agent, and Larry Silverman, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the Pittsburgh Pirates. In the semifinal round, we presented the case for Jay Bruce versus the Cincinnati Reds in front of Jorge Arangure Jr., Senior Writer for ESPN the Magazine, M. Carter DeLorme, Partner at Jones Day and counsel for the Boston Red Sox and Texas Rangers in salary arbitration, and Clark Griffith, attorney and former Owner and Executive Vice President of the Minnesota Twins. To say that their feedback was valuable is an understatement. It was honestly very cool to be in the same room as these professionals performing a function that they were familiar with and hearing their constructive feedback about our presentation of each case.

After the competition, their was a symposium consisting of a mock salary arbitration put on by Mr. DeLorme, Mr. Fetterolf, and Mr. Silverman followed by two panels. The first panel discussed the baseball industry in the Dominican Republic, and the second panel discussed the labor environment in Major League Baseball. Both were interesting discussions about issues pertaining to professional. In particular, the second panel was fun because Mr. Griffith and Mr. Weiner did their best to candidly and professionally share their differing opinions on baseball’s economic structure and labor issues.

Overall, the trip was extremely worthwhile. Thank you to the Tulane Sports Law Society for putting together a great event with knowledgeable judges and interesting discussions. If you are a law student interested in the business of baseball and the representation of baseball players, the event is a must because it gives students the ability to place themselves in a close-to-real-life baseball setting, receive feedback from knowledgable “baseball people,” and hear interesting and relevant discussions on the state of professional baseball.

– Jason

2 Comments leave one →
  1. SCL permalink
    February 14, 2011 9:17 am

    Hey Jason — awesome that you won!

  2. February 14, 2011 9:32 am

    Congrats bro

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