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Soriano's Refusal Could Be 'Landmark Case'

Publication Date: 
March 22, 2006
Washington Post
Barry Svrluga

"The Washington Post" quotes Professor William Gould IV, who comments on the implications of veteran second baseman Alfonso Soriano's refusal to play as a result of an offseason trade with the Texas Rangers:

"I think it is a landmark case," said William B. Gould IV, former chairman of the National Labor Relations Board who is now a law professor at Stanford University. "I can't recall anything in a major sport where a player has refused outright to perform his assigned job in this manner. . . . It has implications not just in baseball. It has implications for all professional sports."