26: MLB Service Time Manipulation with Pat Kessock

In this episode, Peter speaks with Pat Kessock, a law student and Boston College School of Law and author of the article Out of Service: Does Service Time Manipulation Violate Major League Baseball’s Collective Bargaining Agreement?, which was published in the September 2016 issue of the Boston College Law Review. Peter and Pat speak about service time manipulation in Major League Baseball and the various proposed solutions to this issue.

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21: Lawyerball with Charles H. Martin

In this episode, Peter Ott discusses the MASN television rights fees lawsuit between the Orioles and the Nationals with Charles H. Martin. Charles is the author of Lawyerball: The Courtroom Battle of the Orioles Against the Nationals and MLB for the Future of Baseball. We discuss his book and the details and implications of this ongoing lawsuit in this episode.  You can visit his website here and follow him on twitter at @Every1sGuide.

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19: MLB Fan-Safety Lawsuit with Nathaniel Grow

In this episode, Peter Ott discusses the recent fan safety class action lawsuit brought against MLB with Nathaniel Grow, Associate Professor of Legal Studies at the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business. Nathaniel is also the author of the book Baseball on Trial: The Origin of Baseball’s Antitrust Exemption, a number of sports-related law review articles, and some sports-law posts on the website Fangraphs. His most recent Fangraphs post, which we discuss in this podcast episode, is entitled MLB Scores Important Victory in Fan-Safety Lawsuit. He is one of the top baseball legal analysts on the internet. You can follow him on twitter at @NathanielGrow.

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7: MLB International Draft with Jeff Tiedeman

In this episode, Peter Ott discusses issues surrounding the potential introduction of an International Player Draft in Major League Baseball with Jeff Tiedeman.  Jeff wrote an article about a challenges and benefits of a proposed international draft in MLB that was published in the May 2014 edition of the Sports Lawyers Journal entitled “MLB International Player Draft: Home Run or Headache?” Jeff believes that although there are some obstacles to implementation of an international draft, having a workable draft would solve many problems in the current player acquisition system in baseball.

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Episode 2 – Baseball Antitrust Exemption with Gordon Hylton

In this episode, Peter Ott discusses Baseball’s Antitrust Exemption with UVA Law Professor Gordon Hylton. Antitrust law is designed to protect consumers from anticompetitive practices by monopolies or groups of businesses. Most sports leagues are subject to antitrust laws in some way, however, Major League Baseball has historically enjoyed an exemption from the applicability of these laws. This greatly affects the “playing field” upon which professional baseball operates. Peter and Professor Hylton discuss why this antitrust exemption exists and what are its practical effects on baseball players, owners, and fans.

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Assault in a Stadium Parking Lot

While scouring the internet, I recently came across this story, in which a couple was allegedly assaulted upon returning to their car following a Chicago White Sox game. The details of the story are lurid, involving public urination, violence, and medical bills. Now the couple is suing the White Sox and U.S. Cellular Field’s owner, arguing that they failed to provide adequate security and protection for patrons of White Sox games in the adjoining parking lot.

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