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As the oldest major professional sports league in the country, the MLB’s record of salary arbitration has its roots in over 150 years of baseball history. The first Collective Bargaining Agreement or “CBA” was signed by the players union and owners in the early 1970s, creating a process for salary arbitration in which players not yet eligible for free agency would be compensated based upon their seasonal performances.

This post was originally published on the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution website on April 30, 2023. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.