The End is Nigh? MLB and Fairness in Administration of a FCPA Compliance Program


Less than three months after he ruled against Major League Baseball (MLB) in the Ryan Braun suspension, Arbitrator Shyman Das was fired by MLB. He had been an approved arbitrator under the MLB Collective Bargaining Agreement for almost 13 years before he was abruptly terminated by MLB. In an article in the New York Times (NYT), entitled “Arbitrator Who Overturned Braun’s 50-Game Suspension Is Fired”, an un-named “person with knowledge of the decision said that the Braun decision was only one of several factors that led to Das’ dismissal.” Apparently MLB thought it was the National Football League (NFL) in that if you don’t play my way, you can take the highway. Or maybe MLB will just fire every arbitrator who rules against it until there are no arbitrators left.

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