Title

MLB Players asked to remove Alex Rodriguez from union out of anger over lawsuit - Star Ledger - NJ.com (Quotes: Ed Edmonds) January 21, 2014

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News Article

Publication Date

1-21-2014

Abstract

MLB Players asked to remove Alex Rodriguez from union out of anger over lawsuit - Star Ledger Article - NJ.com (Quotes: Ed Edmonds) January 21, 2014 article by Craig Wolff.

Ed Edmonds, a sports law professor at Notre Dame Law School, said it was unsurprising Rodriguez and his team of lawyers decided to sue the union, given, Edmonds said, the rarity of a court abandoning an arbitrator’s ruling. Pulling the union into the lawsuit might help Rodriguez’s case, he said, but only marginally.

"That might get some attention because the union has a duty of fair representation." Edmonds said. "But the bar is pretty high. He would have to show that the union ignored him."

"Baseball, contrary to some of the other sports, has really built this mystique of a union that really negotiated on the players’ behalf," Edmonds said. "So you have that kind of solidarity. It has been successful because the rank and file has a lot of trust."