Swings And Misses

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In this follow-up to Balls and Strikes: The Money Game in Professional Baseball (Praeger, 1990), Jennings examines the state of professional baseball's labor relations during a nearly 25 year period, focusing on the background and the outcome of the 1994 baseball strike. Jennings concludes by suggesting ways to improve future labor relations in the sport.

While the entire professional sports industry generates less revenue than sales of Fruit of the Loom underwear, a lengthy strike in professional baseball assures a national notoriety far beyond its economic impact. When the 1994 strike was underway, scores of members of Congress were involved in related investigations and legislation, while President Clinton invoked the public interest in his efforts to resolve the dispute.

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A sequel to Jennings' 1990 "Balls and Strikes: The Money Game in Professional Baseball", in which he briefly reviews labor relations in the baseball industry over the past 25 years, then focuses on the background and outcome of the 1994 strike. He suggests improvements in how players and owners deal with each other. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275957971
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/30/1997
  • Pages: 274
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

KENNETH M. JENNINGS is Richard deRaismes Kip Professor of Industrial Relations at the University of North Florida.

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Table of Contents

1 Collective Bargaining Experiences and Results, 1966-1990 1
2 Owners' Economic Concerns Affecting the 1993-1996 Negotiations 23
3 Owners' Organizational Frictions Affecting Current Labor Relations: From Steinbrenner to Vincent to Schott 53
4 Bargaining Precursors and Dormancy through the 1994 World Series Cancellation 73
5 Nonproductive Collective Bargaining after the World Series Cancellation until the 1995 Spring Training Season 95
6 Labor Relations Developments from the 1995 Spring Training Season until Judge Sotomayor's Decision 121
7 Vanishing Labour-Management Relationships through the Remainder of 1995 145
8 Management-Labor Ambivalence during the First Eight Months of 1996 169
9 Lethargy, Yet Eventual Settlement 193
10 Summary, Possible Implications, and Prospects 217
Appendix Chronology of Events in Baseball's Labor Relations Activities, 1992-1997 241
Baseball Bibliographic Note 247
Selected Bibliography 251
Index 255
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