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The Dark Side Of Booming Local TV Deals

Bud Selig has been giddy watching baseball teams attract bigger and bigger local television deals. More local TV revenue to a team means more money for the league to spread via revenue sharing and greater competitive balance. And Bug Selig sure loves competitive balance. On a recent visit to PNC Park, Major League Baseball’s commissioner told Pittsburgh […]
Via Fangraphs
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Orioles, Nationals engaged in massive TV contract legal dispute

The O's and Nats are not loving thy neighbor. The Orioles and Nationals are engaged in a hotly contested legal battle centered around the TV contract the teams agreed to in 2005, according to Eriq Gardner of The Hollywood Reporter. The initial agreement, which was put into place when the Nationals relocated from Montreal to Washington, D.C., required Baltimore and MASN, the...
Via Pro Sports Daily
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The Nationals and Orioles start a legal war over TV deal

Photo: It seems like the Battle of the Beltway has heated into a legal battle of the field. The argument is over the TV settlement agreement the two teams made. The settlement agreement grants MASN television to broadcast Nationals games. The first TV agreement, which lasted from 2005 to 2011, gave the Orioles a majority of the profit. In 2012, the settlement agreement...
Via DC Sports-Kings
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Until the Standings Say They're Done

When Bud Selig added the second Wild Card spot to the MLB postseason in 2012, he probably should've seen this coming.  Maybe he did and he just didn't care because of the Nielsen upswing, but significant long-term cons have chaperoned the fatuous, hope-clouded pros in the first few years of Expanded October. Sure, more teams get in and more teams have a shot, but that...
Via The Sports Post
4 days ago  |  Discuss

A-Rod turns 39 today, continues to stay quiet

Johnathan Daniel/Getty Images The lightning rod of attention, Alex Rodriguez celebrates his 39 birthday today quietly and without much fanfare. Since his highly criticized fight with MLB and Bud Selig over the Biogenesis scandal, A-Rod has done a good job of lying low and staying out of the media this year. In taking the proper steps to return to the Yankees next year, Rodriguez...
Via Bronx Pinstripes
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Is this man likely to become the next MLB commissioner?

Major League Baseball could name commissioner Bud Selig’s successor very soon. MLB chief operating officer Rob Manfred seemed to be Selig’s handpicked choice for a while, but some owners were wary of Selig having total control over the selection process. Sources say that others have now interviewed for the position — which will be open when Selig retires in January — but...
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Selig and Wainwright made All-Star caliber mistakes

Outgoing Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig and St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright both made All-Star caliber mistakes this week. Selig committed an act of omission while Wainwright broke one of the many unwritten rules that baseball has more of than it has ever needed. Bud Selig and Major League Baseball never planned to acknowledge the death of Hall of Famers...
Via 110 Nation Sports
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Bud Selig: Montreal An ‘Excellent Candidate’ For Future MLB Team

Montreal Expos fans may no longer have to wonder what could have been. The failed expansion team saw its best shot at becoming a World Series-winning franchise get cut short with the MLB player’s strike of 1994, and things went downhill from there. They couldn’t get a new stadium, they couldn’t win and they eventually became the Washington Nationals in 2005. Many Montrealers...
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Selig: Pete Rose might have role in 2015 All-Star Game

With the book closed on the 2014 All-Star Game, folks in Cincinnati are already gearing up for the next one in 2015, which will be played inside the cozy corridors of Great American Ball Park.Of course, what would a Cincinnati Midsummer Classic be without the presence of baseball's all-time hit king and hometown hero, Pete Rose? Considering Rose's lifetime ban from baseball...
Via Redlegs Review
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Selig: MLB didn't know A-Rod had PED exemption

Commissioner Bud Selig maintains that Major League Baseball had no idea Alex Rodriguez received a medical exemption from the sport's drug administrator to use a testosterone-boosting substance in 2007. Rodriguez received a therapeutic use exemption for the otherwise-banned substance clomid, according to the book "Blood Sport: Alex Rodriguez, Biogenesis and the Quest to...
Via Pro Sports Daily
16 days ago  |  Discuss
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