Course Description

601:661. BASEBALL ARBITRATION (2) S - Winter 2018



This course is only open to students who have successfully completed Contracts.

Class meets on Thursday, November 9, 2017, 7-8:30 pm in Room E107 (Moot Court Room) (will be taped for students who cannot make class; materials available for download from Web; player assignments to be made on Discussion Board).

Class meets during Winter Session, January 2-5, 2018 from 10-5 pm; Saturday, January 6th competition, arbitration times 9:00 to 12 noon. No book required, materials to be provided in class and posted on class Web board. First draft of Briefs will be due on January 2nd.

Students wishing to participate in the Spring New Orleans Baseball Arbitration Competition (601-575-01) must enroll in this course, which will be used to select competitors.

Course Description: This course allows students to build critical negotiation, drafting and arbitration skills. Students will learn the history of arbitration, baseball contract law, and the use of Final Offer Arbitration (FOA) in sports agreements and current commercial and international contracts. By preparing for and conducting a baseball arbitration simulation and several other salary negotiation simulations, students will gain valuable hands-on experience in the world of negotiation, arbitration and sports law practice. In one exercise, students will draft and negotiate a FOA arbitration provision in a general commercial contract. In another exercise, students will draft an arbitration brief and then participate in an intensive three-day series of mock player-team salary negotiations and final baseball salary arbitrations. A competition for New Orleans will be held on the final day. Students will get advice and feedback from both Dean Andrews and sports lawyers. 

The Thursday, November 9th class from 7-8:30 pm will be recorded for those of you in class or with an exam the next day. During that November class, a former team will present a Mock Arbitration. Professor Andrews will also provide legal and historical background of the various types of arbitration, including an in-depth discussion and analysis of Final Offer Arbitration. If you cannot attend, you must watch the video and submit the answers to the quiz (from class content) posted on the Webpage. Note: you will be assigned a baseball player at this class. If you cannot attend the class, please let the professor know in advance so you can be assigned a player and team.

Winter Session: you will be expected to understand your comparables and prepare your first draft of your brief and slides by the 1st winter class. A final arbitration competition will be held before outside arbitrators on Saturday January 6, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. You must participate in this competition to be selected for the National Competition in New Orleans. While the class is scheduled from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., please note that some of this time will be spent working independently with your teams to merge and finalize briefs, edit slide shows, and rework comparables. See Dean Andrews for any clarifications about in-class lecture requirements and mock arbitration schedules during that week.