Minor League Pay – Reveal

In September, 1000’s of youth league baseball gamers joined the gamers union, and Major League Baseball voluntarily agreed to acknowledge the union as gamers’ legitimate bargaining consultant. With the crew of The Uncertain Hour from our colleagues at Marketplace, we discover how minor league gamers face low wages and grueling paintings. 

From the Frisco RoughRiders to the Dayton Dragons, minor league baseball groups are a vintage American custom. But their gamers aren’t lined by way of some vintage American regulations: Players can earn not up to the an identical of minimal salary and don’t receives a commission additional time.

The Uncertain Hour’s Peter Balonon-Rosen explores simply how low wages truly are in Major League Baseball’s “farm system” of youth leagues, the place the MLB calls gamers “trainees.” Minor league gamers percentage tales of getting to sleep on air mattresses, splitting hire with as much as seven different gamers and infrequently having the ability to find the money for a burrito.  

Then, Krissy Clark, host of The Uncertain Hour, takes us again to the Nineteen Thirties to turn how firms had been pushing again towards employee protections since they first was regulation. 

Finally, we return to the ballfield to be told how the MLB has exploited loopholes in federal regulation to get round paying minimal salary and additional time. One former minor league participant-became-legal professional filed a category-motion lawsuit towards the MLB and its groups. The league replied by way of lobbying Congress to explicitly rewrite federal regulation to mention baseball doesn’t must observe the similar pay requirements as different industries. The recreation used to be on. 

This is a rebroadcast of an episode that at the beginning aired in March 2021


Reported by way of: Peter Balonon-Rosen, Krissy Clark | Produced by way of: Caitlin Esch, Chris Julin | Lead manufacturers: Peter Balonon-Rosen, Krissy Clark | Edited by way of: Catherine Winter | Production supervisor: Amy Mostafa | Mixing and sound design: Jim Briggs and Fernando Arruda, with lend a hand from Brett Simpson and Ameeta Ganatra | Digital manufacturer: Sarah Mirk | Episode artwork: Molly Mendoza | Interim govt manufacturers: Brett Myers and Taki Telonidis | Host: Al Letson

Special thank you: The complete crew at The Uncertain Hour, together with Muna Danish, Daniel Martinez, Marque Green, Sam Anderson, Robyn Edgar, Tony Wagner, Erica Phillips, Sitara Nieves and Reveal’s Katharine Mieszkowski.

Jim Briggs III is the senior sound clothier, engineer and composer for Reveal. He supervises publish-manufacturing and composes unique song for the general public radio display and podcast. He additionally leads Reveal’s efforts in composition for knowledge sonification and reside performances.

Prior to becoming a member of Reveal in 2014, Briggs blended and recorded for shoppers comparable to WNYC Studios, NPR, the CBC and American Public Media. Credits come with “Marketplace,” “Selected Shorts,” “Death, Sex & Money,” “The Longest Shortest Time,” NPR’s “Ask Me Another,” “Radiolab,” “Freakonomics Radio” and “Soundcheck.” He additionally used to be the sound re-recording mixer and sound editor for a number of PBS tv documentaries, together with “American Experience: Walt Whitman,” the 2012 Tea Party documentary “Town Hall” and “The Supreme Court” miniseries. His song credit come with albums by way of R.E.M., Paul Simon and Kelly Clarkson.

Briggs’ paintings with Reveal has been identified with an Emmy Award (2016) and two Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards (2018, 2019). Previously, he used to be a part of the crew that received the Dart Award for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma for its paintings on WNYC’s hourlong documentary particular “Living 9/11.” He has taught sound, radio and song manufacturing at The New School and Eugene Lang College and has a grasp’s stage in media research from The New School. Briggs is primarily based in Reveal’s Emeryville, California, place of job.

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Fernando Arruda is a legitimate clothier, engineer and composer for Reveal. As a multi-instrumentalist, he contributes to the unique song, modifying and combining of the weekly public radio display and podcast. He has held 4 O-1 visas for people with bizarre talents. His paintings has been identified with Peabody, duPont-Columbia, Edward R. Murrow, Gerald Loeb, Third Coast and Association of Music Producers awards, in addition to Emmy and Pulitzer nominations. Prior to becoming a member of Reveal, Arruda toured as a world DJ and taught song generation at Dubspot and ESRA International Film School. He labored at Antfood, an inventive audio studio for media and TV commercials, and co-based a movie-scoring boutique referred to as the Manhattan Composers Collective. He labored with shoppers comparable to Marvel, MasterClass and Samsung and advert businesses comparable to Framestore, Trollbäck+Company, BUCK and Vice. Arruda releases experimental song below the alias FJAZZ and has carried out with many jazz, classical and dad ensembles, comparable to SFJAZZ Monday Night Band, Art&Sax quartet, Krychek, Dark Inc. and the New York Arabic Orchestra. His credit within the podcast and radio international come with NPR’s “51 Percent,” WNYC’s “Bad Feminist Happy Hour” and its reside broadcast of Orson Welles’ “The Hitchhiker,” Wondery’s “Detective Trapp,” MSNBC’s “Why Is This Happening?” and NBC’s “Born to Rule,” to call a couple of. Arruda additionally has a large catalog of composed song for theatrical, orchestral and chamber song codecs, a few of which has premiered international. He holds a grasp’s stage in movie scoring and composition from NYU Steinhardt. The unique song he makes with Jim Briggs for Reveal may also be discovered on Bandcamp.

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