The Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) is a labor union created by Major League Baseball (MLB) players. Loose versions of a players union has been around in Major League Baseball since 1885 but the modern MLBPA was created in 1966.

What Does the MLBPA Do?

The Major League Baseball Players Association:

  • Negotiates the terms of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) between Major League Baseball and its players
  • Assists players with grievances and salary arbitration
  • Ensures and provides security and safety for Major League players
  • Monitors and negotiates retirement and insurance benefits
  • Certifies, regulates, and educates player agents
  • Serves as the group licensing agent for its players

What Is Group Licensing?

If a company uses the names or likenesses of more than two Major League baseball players for commercial uses, then it must sign a licensing agreement with the MLBPA. The license grants the use of the players’ name and/or likenesses but not any MLB team logos or marks.

Each player then receives a pro rata share of licensing revenue regardless of the player’s popularity or status. The share is determined by how many days the player served in Major League Baseball.

How Much are Union Dues?

Player dues are $40 per day during the season for a total of 183 days.

Do I Need a Lawyer?

A sports lawyer or an entertainment lawyer familiar with Major League Baseball can give you detailed information on the MLBPA. If you have a dispute with MLB or MLBPA, consult a sports lawyer.