January 26, 2016
Above: Tulane Sports Law Society member Alexandra Triana (L ’16) explains the finals format of the National Baseball Arbitration Competition to guests from the MLB Urban Youth Academy, Director Eddie Davis III, Alfred Ripoll IV, Andreas Palmer and Andria Palmer on Jan. 22. Below: Guest arbitrators Matt Kleine of the Milwaukee Brewers, Paloma Ahmadi of Major League Baseball and Dave Prouty of the MLB Players Association listen to finalists’ presentations.
Tulane’s Sports Law Society added some spin to this year’s National Baseball Arbitration Competition.
In addition to hosting competitors from dozens of law schools across the country to argue baseball salaries before industry pros, the society invited young members of Major League Baseball’s New Orleans Urban Youth Academy to the finals on Jan. 22. Tulane’s Sports Law Program last year partnered with the academy to introduce young students to opportunities in the business off the field.
But Alfred Ripoll IV and Andreas Palmer weren’t just in the audience — along with UYA director Eddie Davis III and Andria Palmer, Andreas’ mother — to listen to teams from the University of Virginia and St. John’s University law schools compete for the championship. Through a raffle of autographed balls and other baseball memorabilia, including tickets to the 2016 MLB All-Star Game, the Sports Law Society raised more than $700 for the Urban Youth Academy.
Law student Alexandra Triana (L ’16), one of the lead organizers of the 2016 competition, said the goal is to raise a total of $1,000 for the academy.
Andreas Palmer (left) and Alfred Ripoll IV (right) with MLB’s New Orleans Urban Youth Academy help Tulane Sports Law Society member Alex Heath (L ’17) announce raffle winners at the National Baseball Arbitration Competition Jan. 22.
She said “it was an easy choice” to undertake a fundraiser for the youth program. “UYA not only provides kids with professional training in baseball, they also expose them to all different areas of the game,” she said. “Sports Law Society members know firsthand that there are other careers in sports even if you don’t make it as a professional player.”
The University of Virginia won this year’s competition, the ninth annual event. The 15 guest arbitrators who judged the contest included Tulane Law alumni Alex Winsberg (L ’00), director of legal affairs and risk management for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and player agent Marc Kligman (L ’95); Paloma Ahmadi, Major League Baseball counsel, labor relations; Dave Prouty, MLB Players Association general counsel; front-office representatives from the Washington Nationals, Cincinnati Reds and Milwaukee Brewers; and attorneys and agents from across the United States.
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