Evaluating the impact of salary discrepancies on quality of life in Minor League Baseball (MiLB) players

Date of Award

Summer 6-2023

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Coaching and Athletic Administration



First Advisor

Lana Huberty


There is no Major League Baseball (MLB) team that is contracted without a Minor League Baseball (MiLB) team. Unfortunately for MiLB players, their lives have not been as glamorous as their major league counterparts. Due to an Antitrust Exemption from 1922, the MLB has been allowed by Congress to have complete control over a MiLB players’ salary and contract length. These players ended up receiving poverty level wages and no bargaining power to fight for change. A century and many court proceedings later, a union is forming for MiLB players and change is on the horizon. However, there is still a larger need for research in the quality of life of these MiLB players. Using a survey, this study intends to do just that and hopes to provide data for the union to use in their fight to improve the quality of life for MiLB players.

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