The Role of Baseball in the Normalization of Cuba-US Relations

By Daniel Añorve.

Published by Journal of Sports Management and Commercialization

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Published Online: March 30, 2016 $US5.00

The December, 2014 announcement by Raúl Castro and President Barack Obama regarding the “thaw” of the US-Cuba diplomatic relations opens up new possibilities. Sports, specifically baseball, represent an area of opportunity for the rapprochement of both countries. MLB baseball is increasingly dependent on the inflow of foreign talent, especially of Latin American players. The status of the Cuban player is peculiar and it could normalize as a result of the full normalization of the diplomatic relations. This paper analyzes the economic incentives as well as the existing legal challenges in the US-Cuba interdependent relationship. Finally, the argument suggests that baseball could pave the way for a constructivist approach of other specific US-Cuba relationships, partially replacing the high politics that has dominated the bilateral relationship for more than five decades.

Keywords: U.S.-Cuba Diplomatic Relations, Baseball Diplomacy, Constructivism

Journal of Sports Management and Commercialization, Volume 7, Issue 2, June 2016, pp.1-17. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published Online: March 30, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 920.402KB)).

Dr. Daniel Añorve

Professor, Department of Political and Government Studies, Universidad de Guanajuato, Guanajuato, Mexico