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When you think of soccer star David Beckham, with which country do you associate him?

You may get a different answer depending on whom you ask because Beckham has migrated to and from four different countries during his career: England, Spain, the United States, and Italy. As a result of this frequent migration, Beckham’s fame goes beyond his sport to the upper ranks of worldwide celebrities of any type. Migration of an athlete or team is not an easy endeavor, however. Legal issues and challenges are a constant source of worry to many sport organizations and leaders.

This week’s lesson focuses on labor issues surrounding the globalization of sport and, in particular, labor migration. More and more, sports league rosters are being filled with global citizens. This week’s lesson focuses on what is driving this migration.

As you work through this week’s material, focus on the factors that have led to labor migration in sport. In particular, consider the rules and laws that have allowed leagues and teams worldwide to become more globalized.

This week’s reading materials will help you with this Discussion.


This week’s reading materials focus on the migration of athletes and coaches to different countries to compete. The four leagues that have seen widespread global migration are MLB, MLS, NBA, and the NFL. As far as the NFL, more of the expansion occurs from the US outward. Select one of the leagues to feature in your Discussion post. Your post will focus on strategies the league has used in migration efforts.

Post By Tuesday, 11:59 p.m. ET:

Given this week’s readings and your own outside research, explain which strategy has played the biggest role in the widespread migration of professional athletes into your chosen league (MLB, MLS, or NBS) and why. Then, explain whether this migration is likely to continue in the future. In your post, include future sources or reasons for or limitations prohibiting continued professional athlete labor migration.

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