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Virginia Sports & Entertainment Law Journal

Article: In Baseball's Best Interest?: A Discussion of the October 2010 MLBPA Regulations Governing Player Agents

Spring, 2011

Virginia Sports & Entertainment Law Journal

10 Va. Sports & Ent. L.J. 249


Darren A. Heitner*, Jason B. Wolf**, and Eric M. Seidmon (Research Assistant)***


In 1997, it was said that "the strongest union to date" is the Major League Baseball Players Association ("MLBPA" or "Association"), currently in effect. 1 Fourteen years later, that statement would still be hard to refute. The MLBPA's Regulations Governing Player Agents and the 2010 Amendments to these Regulations appear to be aimed at utilizing the Association's great power and responsibility in order to serve the best interests of the players. The MLBPA regulates Player Agents through these Regulations, which govern the relationship between the player agents and Major League Baseball (MLB) affiliated professional baseball players. 2

I. The Evolution of MLBPA Regulations Governing Player Agents
In 1988, the MLBPA justified the existence of its Regulations Governing Player Agents based on "its authority and duty as the exclusive bargaining representative for all Players employed by the baseball clubs comprising the National League of Professional Baseball Clubs and the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs, pursuant to Section 9(a) of the National Labor Relations Act, and the collective bargaining agreement in effect between the MLBPA and those clubs." 3 After implementation of the Regulations, anyone interested in representing a professional baseball player in a contractual negotiation with a professional team had to be certified by the MLBPA. 4

Twenty-two years after the adoption of the 1988 Regulations and several modifications later, the Regulations as Amended Effective October 1, 2010 ("2010 Regulations"), contain much of the same language in existence over two decades ago. Amongst the similarities ...
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