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International Baseball Arbitration Competition

The 13th Annual International Baseball Arbitration Competition will take place January 15-17, 2020

Thanks to the competitors and guest arbitrators who participated in the 12th Annual International Baseball Arbitration Competition, and thanks to Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association for their continued sponsorship of the event.

TRADITIONAL COMPETITION REGISTRATION OPENS SEPTEMBER 6TH. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. SEE BELOW FOR DEADLINES AND ADDITIONAL COMPETITION MATERIALS.

About the Competition

The Tulane International Baseball Arbitration Competition, run by the Tulane Sports Law Society, is a simulated salary arbitration competition modeled closely on the procedures used by Major League Baseball (MLB). Like most law school moot court competitions, TIBAC’s main goal is to provide participants with the opportunity to sharpen their oral and written advocacy skills. However, the competition is unique in that it allows law students to sharpen these skills within the specialized context of MLB's salary arbitration proceedings. The competition is held annually in the early part of the spring academic semester at Tulane University Law School. Additionally, at the conclusion of the arbitration competition, Tulane’s Sports Law Society hosts a panel of experts to discuss legal issues related to baseball.

Please check out Craig Calcaterra’s (NBC Sports) and Jerry Crasnick’s (ESPN) coverage of the competition:

Craig Calcaterra's “Future sports lawyers battle in baseball arbitration competition"

Jerry Crasnick's "Inside Tulane's arbitration competition" 

2020 Competition Materials

2019 Guest Arbitrators

  • Scott Barber (Player Agent, Ballengee Group)
  • Greg Dreyfuss (Director of Analytics and Baseball Operations, MLBPA)
  • Jon Fetterolf (Partner, Zuckerman Spaeder, LLC)
  • Rex Gary (Partner, Turner-Gary Sports)
  • Marc Kligman (Player Agent, Total Care Sports Management)
  • Jay Reisinger (Partner, Farrell & Reisinger, LLC)
  • Damon Jones (Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Washington Nationals)
  • Jim Marx (General Counsel, Cincinnati Reds)
  • Mark Feinsand (Executive Reporter, MLB.Com)
  • Gilles Kibbe (General Counsel, Houston Astros)
  • Nona Lee (Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, Arizona Diamondbacks)
  • Jay Cohen (Staff Attorney at Zuckerman Spaeder, LLC)
  • Adam Cromie (Jones Day, former Assistant General Manager of the Washington Nationals)
  • Michael Mariano (Vice President, Baseball Operations at Wasserman)

2019 Finalists

Congratulations to the following teams and participants:

  • Champions: Fordham University School of Law
  • Runner-Up: Notre Dame Law School
  • Semifinalists: Pepperdine School of Law & Rutgers Law School
  • Oral Advocacy Award: University of Ottawa Faculty of Law
  • Written Advocacy Award: St. John's University School of Law

Contact Information

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the competition, please contact Baseball Arbitration Co-Chairs Meghan Baka, Reed Hauser, and Mallorie Wise by email at tulane.baseball.arbitration@gmail.com.