United they stand

MLB's free agency fight proves a players union wouldn't doom college sports

Originally Published: April 21, 2014
By Howard Bryant | ESPN The Magazine

BEFORE CURT FLOOD unsuccessfully challenged baseball's reserve clause in 1970, before players finally won the right to become free agents in 1975, owners, along with many Hall of Famers, agreed that reforming the system would doom the game. Then-Braves executive Paul Richards referred to the idea of free agency as "the end of baseball as we know it."

But the world didn't collapse because Reggie Jackson switched teams, and it won't collapse if Mike Trout commands $400 ...

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