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International Baseball Arbitration Competition

The 14th Annual International Baseball Arbitration Competition will take place virtually January 21-23, 2021. All hearings will take place via Zoom.

Thanks to the competitors and guest arbitrators who participated in the 13th 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.

Registration is now open -- please click HERE to register. The early registration deadline is Monday, November 30, 2020. The regular registration deadline is Friday, December 4, 2020, and payments must be received no later than Friday, December 11, 2020. Registration will remain open until we've received online registration forms and payment from forty (40) teams.

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, 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" 

2021 Competition Materials

Past Guest Arbitrators

  • Scott Barber (Player Agent, Ballengee Group)
  • Jay Cohen (Staff Attorney/Baseball Specialist, Zuckerman Spaeder, LLP)
  • Greg Dreyfuss (Director of Analytics and Baseball Operations, MLBPA)
  • Mark Feinsand (Executive Reporter, MLB.Com)
  • Jon Fetterolf (Partner, Zuckerman Spaeder, LLP)
  • Trey Hendricks (Director of International Scouting, Cincinnati Reds)
  • Matt Kleine (Vice President, Baseball Operations, Milwaukee Brewers)
  • Marc Kligman (Player Agent, Total Care Sports Management)
  • Nona Lee (Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, Arizona Diamondbacks)
  • Michael Mariano (Vice President, Baseball Operations at Wasserman)
  • Caroline Perry (Senior Vice President & General Counsel, San Diego Padres)
  • Jay Reisinger (Partner, Farrell & Reisinger, LLC)
  • Zack Rosenthal (Assistant General Manager, Baseball Operations, and Assistant General Counsel, Colorado Rockies)
  • Philip Stringer (Professional Scout, Los Angeles Dodgers)
  • Stephanie Wilka (Associate General Counsel & Baseball Operations Compliance Officer, San Diego Padres)
  • Alex Winsberg (General Counsel, Legal and Risk Management, Los Angeles Angels)
  • Hamilton Wise (Assistant Director of International Scouting, Texas Rangers)

2020 Finalists

Congratulations to the following teams and participants:

  • Written Advocacy Award: University of Michigan Law School
  • Oral Advocacy Award: University of Miami School of Law
  • Semi-Finalists: University of Virginia School of Law and Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University
  • Runner-Up: Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law
  • Champions: Fordham University School of Law

Contact Information

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the competition, please contact Baseball Arbitration Co-Chairs Cody Dunlap, Sam Martin, and Jared Shurman by email at tulane.baseball.arbitration@gmail.com.