These Regulations were first promulgated by the Executive Board of the Major League Baseball Players Association in 1988. They have remained in effect since then, with several limited amendments through the years, until being substantially expanded and amended in 2010 and again in 2014. These Regulations govern the conduct and fiduciary responsibilities for all Player Agents, Expert Agent Advisors and Applicants seeking to become Player Agents or Expert Agent Advisors.
In 1968, the Major League Baseball Players Association negotiated the first-ever Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) in professional sports. It has evolved and strengthened over the years with each generation of players, sometimes at great personal sacrifice, ensuring the continuity of rights for the next. The current CBA expires on Dec. 1, 2021.
The Major League Rules govern a number of issues including the draft, reserve lists, waivers, and optional assignments. Please note that to the extent that there is any conflict between the provisions of these rules and the provisions of the Basic Agreement, the Basic Agreement shall in all respects control.
The current Joint Drug Agreement went into effect in December 2016 and is scheduled to terminate on December 1, 2021 (the same date as the Basic Agreement). The Agreement provides for in-season blood testing for Human Growth Hormone and enhanced testing techniques aimed at improving the detection of illegal testosterone usage. The MLBPA and MLB also agreed to substantially increase the frequency of random urine tests per year and increased the penalties for violations of the program.