The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law December 2009
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3L Primm Wins Sports Law Writing Award

Adam Primm

Adam Primm

3L Adam Primm recently was honored as the 2009 National Sports Law Student Writing Competition champion for his article, “Salary Arbitration Induced Settlement in Major League Baseball: The New Trend.” The Marquette University Law School competition encouraged law student scholarship on current topics in sports and labor and employment law.

“I was very surprised,” Primm said.

The article discusses a trend of signing young all-star caliber baseball players to six- or seven-year contracts before they become eligible for salary arbitration, which occurs after three seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB).

“The arbitration system in MLB is final-offer arbitration, meaning the mediator has to pick one of the figures submitted by the parties and cannot compromise to the midpoint,” Primm said. “Because of this, many arbitrations end in settlement before the arbitrator hears the case. The paper focused on how players and teams are beginning to adjust their strategies to avoid arbitration a few years in advance of arbitration. This allows the players to earn higher salaries earlier, and the teams may get a discount later and stabilize their payrolls.”

Primm had already agreed to publish his article in The Sports Lawyers Journal at Tulane University School of Law before learning that he had won the Marquette award. After much debate, Primm decided to have his article published in the Tulane journal rather than Marquettes.

Primm, an Amherst, Ohio, native, graduated from Seton Hall University with undergraduate majors in sport management and finance.

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