Everyone Can Be A Winner: Baseball Arbitration (Edna Sussman)

Club Member Edna Sussman led a discussion on Everyone Can Be A Winner: Baseball Arbitration. Modern day "Final Offer Arbitration" emerged in the 1950s in the context of collective bargaining agreements in the United States, and was introduced in the 1970s to the world of baseball, where it assumed its more popular moniker, "Baseball Arbitration." In that context, when a club and a player could not agree on a salary figure they could, under certain circumstances, submit their respective figures to a sole arbitrator who was required to pick one of the figures. In its many variations, baseball arbitration can increase the efficiency of the proceedings, enhance the accuracy of the final award, and augment the chances of a successful settlement. A copy of an article on the subject by Ms. Sussman was circulated by email.