Do professional sports unions fit the standard model of traditional unionism?

James Richard Hill, Jason E. Taylor

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Abstract

Current literature generally highlights the unique differences between sports and traditional unions. In particular, the contrast between the two types of unions' approaches to the free market when it comes to wage determination - sports unions fought the "reserve clause" to obtain free market outcomes while traditional unions fought to circumvent the market for wages - has been widely cited. The purpose of this paper is to highlight the hitherto neglected comparisons between sports and traditional unions. With respect to both economic and non-economic issues, professional sports unions share far more in common with their traditional counterparts than the labor and sports economics literatures would lead one to believe.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)56-67
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Labor Research
Volume29
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2008

Keywords

  • Professional sports unions
  • Traditional unionism
  • Union-management relations

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