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What Is the Major League Baseball Players Association?

The Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) is a labor union created by Major League Baseball (MLB) players. Loose versions of a players union has been around in Major League Baseball since 1885 but the modern MLBPA was created in 1966.

What Does the MLBPA Do?

The Major League Baseball Players Association:

What Is Group Licensing?

If a company uses the names or likenesses of more than two Major League baseball players for commercial uses, then it must sign a licensing agreement with the MLBPA. The license grants the use of the players' name and/or likenesses but not any MLB team logos or marks.

Each player then receives a pro rata share of licensing revenue regardless of the player¿s popularity or status. The share is determined by how many days the player served in Major League Baseball.

How Much are Union Dues?

Player dues are $40 per day during the season for a total of 183 days.

Do I Need a Lawyer?

A sports lawyer or agent familiar with Major League Baseball can give you detailed information on the MLBPA. If you have a dispute with MLB or MLBPA, consult a sports lawyer.

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Last Modified: 10-27-2011 04:17 PM PDT

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