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Alfonso Soriano’s arbitration case

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So with the client only winning 40% of arbitration cases, it should not be suprising the Alfonso Soriano (now of the Washington Nationals) lost his hearing for $12 million per year.

In baseball, Final Offer Arbitration is used, which has the team and player both submit their “final offers” to the panel of three arbitrators, and one of the two proposals will be selected by a majority. In this case, the majority sided with the Nationals.

Even though Soriano did not win the hearing, he will still receive the largest amount of money that an arbitration case has ever granted. This year, Soriano will make $10 million… $1.8 million more than the previous highest arbitration award.

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By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.

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[…] As discussed in the post on Alfonso Soriano’s arbitration case, Major League Baseball uses a “Final-offer” arbitration system. This means that each side of a salary argument (player and team) propose what they feel is the correct salary figure. A panel of three abitrators must select either offer. They cannot choose a number that was not submitted by either side. Such a system is designed to fuel compromise and to cut down the actual number of cases that make it to a hearing. […]

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