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  • is when these contracts are considered "normal" and "justified"... yet nobody would consider asking a pro baseball player or an actor to sign something so silly.

    And... they could actually afford to sit out a year!
    • Re:What gets me... (Score:2, Informative)

      by jordan (120) on 2003.12.20 10:41 (#26720) Homepage Journal
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        is when these contracts are considered "normal" and "justified"... yet nobody would consider asking a pro baseball player or an actor to sign something so silly.

      Bad analogy with the pro baseball player. Pro baseball players work for an organization, exempt from anti-trust legislation by congress, that can pretty much determine where you work, what you can get paid and for how long.
      • Seeing how I don't watch or follow any sports... I'll trust you on that.

        Hopefully the finer details didn't obscure the point.

        Are you saying that baseball could be stricter than "normal" about non-compete clauses? If so, I wonder even more why they aren't...

        I mean... you spend a lot of time and money training a jock, and literally build your organization around the people... seems you'd want to drastically limit their ability to find work elsewhere.

        And what about IP? (Probably the wrong term there) If y
          • Are you saying that baseball could be stricter than "normal" about non-compete clauses? If so, I wonder even more why they aren't...

          I guess I did change the subject a bit. There aren't non-compete clauses in pro sports contracts, per se, but the Commissioner has absolute power to alter or disregard contracts under his authority to do what's "good for Baseball".

          Witness the recent Rodriguez-Ramirez trade. While it's true that the Player's Union lobbied against the trade, the Commissioner stepped in and d