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Seattle: Professor Bill Gould Book Discussion


June 28, 2012 5:15pm - 6:45pm

Room Offsite

5:15 to 5:45 p.m. Reception
5:45 to 6:45 p.m. Discussion and Book Signing

Professor William B. Gould IV will discuss his book, Bargaining with Baseball: Labor Relations in an Age of Prosperous Turmoil. Professor Gould was chairman of the National Labor Relations Board from 1994 to 1998. The Charles A. Beardsley Professor of Law, Emeritus, and a lifelong Red Sox fan, Gould has written widely on both labor law and baseball.

IMPORTANT: Copies of Bargaining with Baseball are available for purchase in advance through McFarland Publishers for a 40% discount. We recommend purchasing the book this way if you want Bill to personalize it for you at the event as no books will be available onsite. To purchase, fill out the book order form under "Related Media" to the left and submit it no later than Thursday, June 14, in order to receive your book in time for the event.

Light refreshments will be served. This event is free and guests are welcome, but registration is required. Kindly register by Tuesday, June 26.


In 1995, William B. Gould IV, then chairman of the National Labor Relations Board, cast the deciding vote to obtain the injunction that ended the longest strike in baseball history. Sixteen years of peaceful relations between baseball labor and management have followed, as well as unprecedented prosperity in a relationship that previously endured 30 years of strikes and lockouts. This study, which clearly illustrates the practical impact of law on America’s pastime, considers the full, 140-year sweep of labor-management relationships and conflict, exploring player-owner disputes, the development of free agency, the collective bargaining process, and the racial integration of baseball, among other topics. It concludes with a discussion of the “steroids era,” the problem with maintaining Jackie Robinson’s legacy in the 21st century, and globalization.

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