Have you heard of a baseball college scholarship plan for major league baseball players? A baseball college scholarship plan is a benefit under the collective bargaining agreement previously negotiated by the MLB Player’s Association and is different than a college scholarship offered by a college or university.
The intent of this article is to raise the issue regarding the baseball college scholarship plan so you are aware of it and can negotiate it into your first baseball contract. Ultimately, this type of clause is a really great opportunity – provided you negotiate it accordingly.
MLB Rules for a Baseball College Scholarship Plan:
To be fair, a clause specific to a baseball college scholarship plan is complicated. None the less, according to Major League rules, a major or minor league baseball team may agree with a first year player to a “baseball college scholarship plan” which forces the team to pay any dollar amount incident to the baseball player’s attendance in pursuit of an undergraduate degree.
As referenced above, this is different than the conventional baseball scholarship offered by a colleges. If you are a first year player (meaning you were drafted and want to enter into a contract with a major or minor league baseball team), it is an absolute must for you to consider negotiating a clause that offers you the baseball college scholarship plan. In fact, this type of clause can be worth more than the contract itself – depending on the college you select. Thus, you owe it to yourself to consider this type of clause as a critical or material condition to your contract.
What does the Baseball College Scholarship Plan Cover?
The baseball college scholarship plan, covers tuition, room, board, books and fees to the college or university of the baseball player’s choice. However, the amount granted may not exceed the actual cost of attendance. As you can see, if you are able to negotiate a baseball college scholarship plan, there can be a tremendous upside for doing so.
Negotiate your Baseball College Scholarship Plan:
A properly negotiated baseball college scholarship plan forces the major league or minor league baseball team to reimburse a player after the end of every semester or quarter for room and board expenses the player actual incurs during such semester. Unfortunately, Major League rules also limit the baseball college scholarship plan to 8 semesters or 12 quarters. None the less, this is a great opportunity for those considering an education to subsidize their playing career.
Unfortunately, this is only the tip of the iceberg regarding the rules and benefits related to a baseball college scholarship plan a first year player is allowed to negotiate into their baseball contract after being drafted.
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