Oscar Robertson, Antitrust, and the Fight Against Monopsony Power in the NBA

Labor markets in sports have historically been dominated by the monopsony power enjoyed by owners. In the 1970s, Oscar Robertson delayed a merger between the American Basketball Association and NBA and eventually created the NBA’s free agent market. David Berri argues the limits today on player wages suggest that Robertson’s fight has largely been forgotten.

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