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reserve clause

noun, Sports.
the clause in the contract of a professional player in some sports that binds the player to a team for a season beyond the expiration of the contract in the event a new contract has not been made meanwhile or the player has not been sent to another team.
Origin of reserve clause
1940-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for reserve clause
  • Kuhn--citing baseball's reserve clause, which kept a player bound to his original team--refused.
  • And they introduced the reserve clause to keep player salaries down.
  • He didn't want to go and eventually sued baseball, challenging its reserve clause, which gave owners absolute rights over players.
  • They couldn't even come together to enforce a reserve clause to keep players from team-jumping.
  • Similarly, trade secret law does not provide a reserve clause for solicitous employers.
  • Typically, players negotiated annual contracts, and they were restricted by a reserve clause to one team.
  • Auction sales should have a reserve clause, however, they often serve as a good proxy of market value.
  • Court, and the subsequent repeal of the reserve clause binding players to a team for life.

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