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7 - American Amateur Players Arise

You Have Nothing to Lose but Your Amateurism

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  19 May 2022

William B. Gould IV
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Stanford University Law School
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The twentieth century witnessed the development of professional players’ unions or associations in virtually all of the major league sports,3 a development occurring well after the organization of professional sports. The process started with baseball4 and extended to other sports as well.5 Notwithstanding the absence of judge-made antitrust law,6 baseball was the first sport to develop institutionalized protection for its players due to a muscular union under the effective leadership of Marvin Miller from the 1960s onward.7 The other major sports like football,8 basketball,9 boxing, and hockey eventually followed suit.10

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For Labor To Build Upon
Wars, Depression and Pandemic
, pp. 121 - 136
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2022

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