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About the Author

Don Wollett has 50 years legal experience in constitutional law, negotiations, and arbitration. He is a past director of the Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Foundation and served as Chief Negotiator and Director of Employee Relations for New York State. Washington State, he is working on his memoirs.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (August 20, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595504124
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595504121
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,498,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Garrett Broshuis on April 11, 2010
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As a six-year veteran of minor league baseball and a regular contributor to Baseball America, I loved this book. Professor Wollett has spent years inside baseball's labor wars. His experiences within baseball and as a law professor give him an incomparable perspective on the game. In this book he identifies one group within baseball that has continually been left behind: minor leaguers.

Much progress has been made in baseball since the time of Curt Flood--and even since the collusion cases of the 1980s. The Major League Baseball Players Association has played a large part in orchestrating this change. Minor leaguers however belong to no such union. For this reason, none of the changes have trickled down to them. Their labor conditions are beyond deplorable, approaching that of indentured servitude: salaries below the poverty line, long and one-sided contracts, and very little bargaining power.

In Professor Wollett's opinion, the formation of a union could help change these conditions. The obstacles are large towards accomplishing this, but the book provides a blueprint on such an execution.

If you're a law student, a baseball fan, or a law student baseball fan, then this eye opening book is required reading.
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Professor Wollett has captured the stages and excitement of baseball salary arbitration better than anything I've read in my years representing players in such hearings. I had the personal pleasure of trying a case before him(I lost)and saw personally his professional expertise. His analysis of the "game" and "business" of baseball should be required reading and study in all Sports Law courses in colleges and universities in the Country.
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