The 26-page article, "Both Sides Win: Why Mediation Would Improve Pro Sports," argues that mediation should be utilized by American pro sports leagues to resolve conflicts, particularly contract disputes. Citing examples and experts, the paper argues that it would improve player-management relationships, player morale and public opinion.
"At the moment, this method of alternative dispute resolution is seldom used in pro sports," Grabowski said. "But given the unique nature of sports disputes along with a mediator’s success in ending the 2012-13 National Hockey League labor strike, it should be utilized much more often, instead of management and athletes relying on the commonly used resolution methods of arbitration, litigation and protracted negotiations."
Grabowski is an assistant professor of communication at Adelphi University in Long Island. He previously worked as a lawyer and a sports journalist. He frequently publishes original research on sports communication and law & ethics, including a book chapter on the media's coverage of Tiger Wood's sex scandal and a forthcoming book chapter on fantasy sports law.