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Professional Baseball—Can You Join the League? Lesson for Grades 9-12

In this active learning lesson, students apply economic concepts to a professional baseball league. The lesson underscores the importance of incentives, control of supply, and potential market inefficiencies resulting from a cartel. Students assume one of two roles: either (i) a member of a team owner group trying to get its team into the Professional Baseball League or (ii) a member of the Professional Baseball League Expansion Committee deciding whether new teams are admitted.

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This lesson plan is designed for teaching grades 9, 10, 11, and 12.


This lesson received the 2019 Curriculum Gold Award of Excellence from the National Association of Economic Educators.
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Audience:   High School
Language:   English
Subjects:   AP, Economics
Resource Types:   Lessons, PowerPoint
Concepts:   Market Structure