Roger Ian Abrams
Northeastern University – School of Law
Marquette Sports Law Review, Vol. 11, No. 2, pp. 167-174, Spring 2001
Northeastern University School of Law Research Paper
In this article, the author analyzes the labor arbitration of Atlanta Braves pitcher John Rocker whose interview in Sports Illustrated had caused quite a stir in Major League baseball. Rocker had expressed his personal distain for all minorities and “unusual” people who might ride the number 7 subway train to Shea Stadium in New York City. The Commissioner’s suspension of Rocker was substantially modified by the permanent arbitrator and Professor Abrams explains the basis for the award and how it fits into the established jurisprudence under collective bargaining agreements.