The Nfl Saw The Light. Will Baseball?

Ding-dong, the witch is dead. With the Dec. 22 announcement of a tentative plan to grant National Football League players true free agency, the reserve clause has finally given up the ghost. The clause, one of the most repellent bits of legal chicanery ever to poison labor-management relations, effectively bound a player to one team for as long as that team saw fit to employ him. Major League Baseball abandoned it first, in 1976. The National Basketball Assn. followed suit in 1980. And now, football players, too, at last have the right enjoyed by most American workers--to sell their services to the highest bidder.

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