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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How ball players went from hired hands to multi millionaires, April 4, 2013
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If you wonder why Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams played for peanuts while A-Rod signed for $250,000,000, it's the Reserve Clause, stupid. Its demise in 1975 led to free agency and wealth for ball players. Banner explains in readable, non lawyerly prose the legal history of baseball's exemption from anti trust law which enabled it to preserve the Reserve Clause, including the irony that it was demolished by a lowly arbitrator after withstanding three challenges that had gone to the Supreme Court. Free agency followed in 1976 and that's one reason -- of many -- why we pay so much more for seats nowadays than in the past. Interesting reading for baseball fans.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly surprised, September 18, 2013
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This review is from: The Baseball Trust: A History of Baseball's Antitrust Exemption (Hardcover)
This book was recommended to me as an emerging sports history enthusiast. I was expecting something dry, detailed and complicated. What I found was a highly readable, fascinating explanation of how America's pastime functions as the professional level.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars t, March 1, 2013
This review is from: The Baseball Trust: A History of Baseball's Antitrust Exemption (Hardcover)
Robert C. Cottrell in Library Journal, writes "In this important study, Banner (law, Univ. of California, Los Angeles) provides extensive treatment of organized baseball's battle with antitrust regulations. He goes back to 1879--before federal antitrust laws were in place--when baseball's reserve clause was devised, contractually binding a player to a team for the whole of his career. Banner refutes the long-standing analysis that competitive balance and the safeguarding of capital investments required the reserve clause, but acknowledges that many relatively well-paid players felt ambivalent about the clause. He counters stereotypical notions regarding baseball and antitrust law, including the belief that a 1922 Supreme Court ruling asserted that Congress determined "to exempt baseball from the antitrust laws." Nevertheless, that 1922 ruling was predicated on an analysis of interstate commerce that soon dissipated. Decades of challenges to the reserve clause followed, culminating in the agreement to allow free agency. As of today, baseball's antitrust exemption remains battered but intact. ­VERDICT Not for casual baseball fans, this is a decidedly strong contribution to the literature on organized baseball and the law. -- RCC" Banner, Stuart. The Baseball Trust: A History of Baseball's Antitrust Exemption. Oxford Univ. Apr. 2013. 304p. notes. index. ISBN 9780199930296. $29.95. SPORTS
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, July 26, 2013
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I bought this for my nephew, who is a lawyer, and he loved it. My husband and sons want a copy now. Great for all baseball fans.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A unique and valuable addition to the literature on baseball, October 6, 2014
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Antitrust law doesn’t naturally make for interesting reading, but Stuart Banner’s THE BASEBALL TRUST is an exception. Well-written and meticulously researched, it is a straightforward history of the development of Major League Baseball’s anomalous antitrust exemption that can be appreciated by lawyers and laymen alike. At 283 pages, the book is perfectly paced and strikes a fine balance between scholarship—it is assiduously footnoted—and accessibility—it eschews unnecessary legalese. Anyone curious to know why Major League Baseball alone among American professional sports is exempt from the antitrust laws, how baseball’s reserve clause was able to survive until the Seitz decision in 1975 despite being generally found to be legally unenforceable almost from its 19th century inception, or what continuing implications the exemption has for the modern game will find THE BASEBALL TRUST a valued resource.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Baseball's Antitrust Exemption, June 24, 2014
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This book made a terrific gift for a baseball-lover. It's a topic well worth researching. This book did the job!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great read for baseball and law fans, June 5, 2014
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This was a really a well researched book that solved a longtime mystery for me: I knew baseball had an antitrust exemption, but never knew what it did in practice or where it came from. And I think I learned as much or more about the Supreme Court and the legal system as I did about baseball.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An informative read for general professional sports fans, May 6, 2013
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Written for the general public rather than anti-trust practitioners, the book provides a lucid and informative history of the application of federal and state anti-trust law to professional sports and describes the diosyncratic basis for the exemption of baseball from the Sherman Anti-Trust Act. In demonstratig the legal history for the anomolous baseball anti-trust exemption, the author exposes the political and judicial forces which prevented a normal reconcilation of anti-trust law with changing notions of federal regulation of interstate commerce. The book also provides insights into the plight of professional atheletes until the development of effective player's unions.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book - it fits in nicely with a baseball course I teach at the University of Connecticut. Great overview and useful., June 18, 2013
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Excellent book - it fits in nicely with a baseball course I teach at the University of Connecticut. Great overview and useful.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The baseball trust, May 15, 2013
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Very informative explanation of the history of the anti trust exemption. Clearly this exemption should be dropped, but the chances of that seem remote. This exemption is what the Giants are using to block the move of the A's to San Jose.
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