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Latin Baseball Futures

What is 'Latin Baseball Futures'

A financial contract used to speculate on the potential of teenage baseball players from Latin America who are training to earn spots in Major League Baseball (MLB). Investors in Latin baseball futures finance academies that train the young athletes and receive a return on their investment when a player is signed to an MLB team. The payoff comes from a percentage of the player's signing bonus.

Explaining 'Latin Baseball Futures'

Proponents of Latin baseball futures see it as a way to provide opportunities for economically disadvantaged young men and their families. The academies not only train the players in baseball but also provide them with food, clothing and housing. Critics are concerned that the conditions at some academies are poor and that the system interferes with the boys' education and creates incentives for steroid use.


Further Reading


Swinging for the fence: a call for institutional reform as Dominican boys risk their futures for a chance in Major League Baseball
heinonline.org [PDF]
… FENCE: A CALL FOR INSTITUTIONAL REFORM AS DOMINICAN BOYS RISK THEIR FUTURES FOR A … 29 See Telephone Interview with Lou Melsndez, Vice-President of Latin American Operations … supra note 8, at 201-02 (citing Dave Nightingale, Baseball's Secret Treasure …

The globalization of baseball: Major League Baseball and the mistreatment of Latin American baseball talentThe globalization of baseball: Major League Baseball and the mistreatment of Latin American baseball talent
www.jstor.org [PDF]
… FENCE: A CALL FOR INSTITUTIONAL REFORM AS DOMINICAN BOYS RISK THEIR FUTURES FOR A … 29 See Telephone Interview with Lou Melsndez, Vice-President of Latin American Operations … supra note 8, at 201-02 (citing Dave Nightingale, Baseball's Secret Treasure …

El Monticulo (The Mound): The disparate treatment of Latin American baseball players in major league baseballEl Monticulo (The Mound): The disparate treatment of Latin American baseball players in major league baseball
heinonline.org [PDF]
… FENCE: A CALL FOR INSTITUTIONAL REFORM AS DOMINICAN BOYS RISK THEIR FUTURES FOR A … 29 See Telephone Interview with Lou Melsndez, Vice-President of Latin American Operations … supra note 8, at 201-02 (citing Dave Nightingale, Baseball's Secret Treasure …



Q&A About Latin Baseball Futures


How many teams are in the league?

The league consists of five teams.

When was the first game played in Nicaragua's professional baseball history?

March 3, 1956. The first game was between San Fernando and Ber.

Who are some of the most successful teams in the LBPN?

Ber and Len have won three championships each.

Who finances the academies that train these young athletes?

Investors finance the academies.

How do investors make a return on their investment?

By receiving a percentage of signing bonus when a player is signed by an MLB team.

What is Latin Baseball Futures?

A financial contract used to speculate on the potential of teenage baseball players from Latin America who are training to earn spots in Major League Baseball (MLB).

What does it mean for investors to receive a percentage of signing bonus?

The investor receives money if and when the player signs with an MLB team. The amount received depends upon how much money was invested in the academy. If more money was invested, then more will be received as part of signing bonus.

Why do proponents see Latin baseball futures as providing opportunities for economically disadvantaged young men and their families?

Because they provide food, clothing and housing for boys while they attend academies training them to play professional baseball.

What is the name of the league?

La Liga de Beisbol Profesional Nacional (LBPN)