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SBS Working Paper One: "Disability Insurance 3, Baseball Fans 1," by Keith Dobkowski
Some sports experts contend that the bad economy was the reason for the first decrease in the average baseball
free agent contract size in the 21st Century. But Keith Dobkowski, Sports Legal Specialist for Sports Business Simulations, Inc.,
has another view.
In his SBS Working Paper called "Disability Insurance 3, Baseball 1," Dobkowski contends that the new baseball disability insurance policy, allowing insurers
to place a two-to-three-year limit on insurance coverage adopted earlier this year, will cause an even greater difference in payroll between teams, at a time when
the new Major League Baseball (MLB) Collective Bargaining Agreement was created, in part, to reduce such disparities.
To make his case, Dobkowski presents data to support his conclusion. He illustrates that the average length of a free agent contract signed
between the 2000-01 off-season and the 2002-03 off-season dropped from 2.666 years, to just 1.781 years in length. The most dramatic decrease
occurred in the period between the 2001-02 and 2002-03 off-seasons when the average length of new agreements fell from an average of 2.482 years to 1.781.
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