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Forbes: You Don’t Want to Admit It, But Donald Sterling Is Good For Sports And Society

It’s not often that I pump out a column that reaches far deeper than sports, and instead, asks uncomfortable questions that each of us need to face, but that was the attempt for Forbes on Tuesday. For weeks, I’ve been reporting on Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s comments, Commissioner Adam Silver’s punishment, and how it impacts basketball. But, from the time the story...
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May 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Current MLB to Portland Effort Big on Dreams, Short on Answers

“The A’s have a problem. Baseball has a problem. Portland is the solution.” I’m talking with long-time Portland business associate, Lynn Lashbrook. Since 2000, he and I have been in steady contact about the possibility of bringing Major League Baseball to Portland. Lashbrook, the city’s biggest cheerleader for bringing MLB to the market, remains ever the optimist. I, given...
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April 11, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB.com Releases RBI Baseball 14 for Xbox 360, PS3, and iOS Devices

When it comes to video games, like movies, reboots can come with a mixed bag. On one hand, we’re happy to rekindle a beloved title, but updating it can come with that purist mantra, “Don’t mess with a classic.” So, it was with much interest that MLB.com yesterday released R.B.I. Baseball 14 for Xbox 360, PS 3, and iOS (all via download). The title, developed in-house by...
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April 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Ballpark Considering Hot Dog Flavored Cocktail

It seems nothing is beyond reality when it comes to concession offerings at the ballpark these days. Whether it’s a $25 corn dog from the Arizona Diamondbacks or the $40 hot dog that was available as part of the season opener in Australia, size (and wildness) abounds in baseball. Now comes word that one minor league ballpark is considering a hot dog flavored cocktail. Based on...
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April 01, 2014  |  Discuss

10 Reasons To Rethink MLB Free Agent Contracts, And Lessons In Economic Disparity

With MLB revenues increasing, clubs are taking more risks with contract amounts, and more importantly, lengths As we roll up on the start of the 2014 MLB regular season, the inevitable questions begin to surface as to who has done the most to improve themselves in the offseason. Predictions are made as to who will make the postseason (a difficult, if not silly endeavor...
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March 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Download a Detailed Spreadsheet of All 180 MLB Salary Arbitration Players for 2014

A note from the author… They say, better late than never, but I’ve never believed in that. This data should have been published long ago (after all, salary arbitration is completed near the end of February). In years past I’ve had assistance in doing the work, but I’ve always felt badly about the hard work that these interns have put in without compensation. Therefore, this...
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March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

FOX Releases 2014 MLB Broadcast Schedule; Blackouts Eased

FOX Sports today announced their 2014 MLB broadcast schedule, and with it, fans will see a several changes compared to year’s prior, including changes to the blackout policy. As part of the new eight-year, multiplatform media rights agreement that adds national cable and digital coverage to its portfolio, doubling regular season exposures, mostly on Saturdays, from 26 to 52 combined...
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February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

TOMS: Why MLB is Thriving.... and Dying

Earlier this winter I listened to a sports radio segment where 2 Toronto sports pundits attempted to explain the seemingly counter - intuitive news that MLB annual revenues have climbed to upwards of $8 billion. On the one hand, they noted, steadily diminishing national TV ratings (including ASG and WS), reveal that baseball is clearly less popular. And hasn’t the NFL, long ago...
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February 10, 2014  |  Discuss

What Could the Globe Life Naming Rights Be Worth to the Texas Rangers?

Today, the Texas Rangers announced that they had reached a 10-year naming rights agreement with Globe Life And Accident Insurance Company to rename “Rangers Ballpark in Arlington” to “Globe Life Park in Arlington”. The change is effective immediately. Under the agreement, Globe Life will be the Official Life Insurance Partner of the Texas Rangers, add community initiatives...
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February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Read the Horowitz Decision on Alex Rodriguez 162 Game Suspension

Click to read the Horowitz decision on Alex Rodriguez The Biz of Baseball has been updated with a new document With arbitrator Fredric Horowitz rendering a decision that Alex Rodriguez will receive a 162 game suspension that covers all of the 2014 regular season and postseason, MLB has doled out the largest suspension in the history of the game. Based upon the Joint Drug...
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January 14, 2014  |  Discuss

An 18 Year Look At MLB Revenues, And How It Impacts Free Agency

As the calendar turned from 2013 to 2014, we can officially look back on the last season in Major League Baseball and size it up, not only on the field, but outside the diamond. As I reported for Forbes recently, MLB saw record gross revenues in excess of $8 billion for the first time, fueled by an explosion the amounts being pulled in by media rights deals. So, as part of an in...
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January 09, 2014  |  Discuss

2013 SMWW Baseball Career Conference in Dec. a World-Class Event

Former Dodgers GM Dan Evans and I discussing the business of baseball at the SMWW Baseball Career Conference If you spend enough time around those that work in sports, you’ll find that how you perceived the inner workings of a league, club, or agency to be quite different. While that’s often the case with most jobs, since leagues such as Major League and Minor League...
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November 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Braves Move Out of Atlanta Not a Win For Cobb Co.

When the Braves announced plans on Monday to move from downtown Atlanta to approx. 10 miles away in Cobb Co., it took most everyone by surprise. After all, this wasn’t the Rays or A’s stuck in outdated ballparks, Turner Field was opened in 1997. Based on the timeline that the Braves announced, shortly after The Ted’s 21 birthday, it will be set to be demolished. Opened in 1997...
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November 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Controversial Game 3 of 2013 World Series Sees TV Ratings Up 21% Over Last Year

At first it seemed that the Boston Red Sox had nailed two St. Louis Cardinals base runners at the plate in the bottom of the ninth and Game 3 of the 2013 World Series was headed to extra innings.  However, umpires ruled that Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks had interfered with Cardinals base runner Allen Craig who was awarded home, giving St. Louis a controversial 5-4 victory...
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October 27, 2013  |  Discuss

MLB Advanced Media Revenues at $600 Million Annually

MLB Advanced Media (MLBAM) has been a cash cow for Major League Baseball and its 30 clubs, but how it has increased over the past few years has been unreported. As part of an extensive report by Bloomberg that shows the enterprise value of each club in MLB, it’s reported that annual revenues from the digital-rights arm of baseball is now at $600 million annually and that the equity...
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October 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Want to Work in Baseball? MLB.com Seeking Stats Stringers for the 2014 Season

The 2013 postseason hasn’t been completed, but already those that are looking to get a job in Major League Baseball for the 2014 season have an opportunity to do so, if they apply now…. Via press release MLB.com, the official web site of Major League Baseball, is seeking stats stringers to cover these clubs in 2014 and beyond: Anaheim/Los Angeles Chicago (both teams) Cleveland...
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October 18, 2013  |  Discuss

MLB Releases Broadcast Schedule for 2013 World Series

Major League Baseball today announced the national broadcast schedule for the 2013 World Series, set to begin on Wednesday, October 23rd at either Boston’s Fenway Park or Detroit’s Comerica Park on FOX.  The 109th Fall Classic will feature either the Red Sox or the Tigers representing the American League and either the St. Louis Cardinals or the Los Angeles Dodgers representing...
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October 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Will Nolan Ryan Head to the Astros? Here's 8 Questions to Answer

Nolan Ryan, who was a key figurehead during the bankruptcy sale of the Texas Rangers; who nearly left the club at the beginning of the season when GM Jon Daniels was promoted, and a Hall of Fame icon, announced today that he will be retiring as CEO of the Rangers on October 31. "This is the right time for me to step down from my role of overseeing the Rangers organization,...
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October 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Red Sox Dramatic Comeback in Game 3 of ALCS Delivers Massive Ratings Win for FOX

The dramatic comeback by the Boston Red Sox in Game 2 of the ALCS was a massive ratings win for FOX Sunday night. That dramatic comeback that saw David Ortiz hit a grand slam in the eighth inning and Jarrod Saltalamacchia singling in the bottom of the ninth to drive in Jonny Gomes delivered a 5.2/8 national household rating, with 8.3 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media...
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October 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Umpires for 2013 LCS Announced by Major League Baseball

Major League Baseball today announced the umpires who have been assigned to the National League and American League Championship Series.  Thirty-year Major League Umpire Gerry Davis will serve as the crew chief for the NLCS between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the St. Louis Cardinals, while 36-year Major League Umpire Joe West will lead the crew assigned to the ALCS between the Detroit...
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October 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Pirates-Cardinals Game 5 NLDS Sees An Average of 6.1 Million Viewers

With a decisive Game 5 between the Pirates and the Cardinals, with the winner moving on the meet the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLCS, viewers reached for the clicker to watch. The complete game by Adam Wainwright that led the Cardinals to a 6-1 win over the Pirates in Game 5 of the NLDS on Wednesday led to the most-watched game of the 2013 Postseason. TBS’ national telecast of...
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October 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Through Weds, MLB 2013 Postseason TV Ratings Up 9% Over 2012

Ratings continue to be strong with the Division Series seeing crucial “win or go home” elimination games on the slate. TBS’ national telecasts of Athletics-Tigers and Red Sox-Rays averaged a 3.1 fast national rating and 4.5 million viewers, up +35% and +32%, respectively, over Day 6 coverage in 2012 according to Nielsen. For the sixth time in the last eight nights, TBS easily...
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October 09, 2013  |  Discuss

MLB 2013 Postseason Ratings Up 29% After Day 2 of LDS

Whether it’s large markets and storied brands (Red Sox, Dodgers), or that the Pirates are in, or that Tigers are trying to get back to the World Series, people are watching MLB’s postseason more than last season. Friday’s four games, with three airing on TBS and one televised by MLB Network, were up +29% in national rating (1.8 average) over the corresponding four-game slate...
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October 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Why the Fan Base of the Tampa Bay Rays Gets Harsh Judgment

They say that life isn’t fair, so get used to it, but there’s times when that cold splash of reality in such a neat package isn’t enough. Being critical isn’t something that is fun (although snark is often the soup de jour these days). Such is the case when it comes to my view of the Tampa Bay Rays fan base. I have been critical of them (but I don’t hold all fans to the...
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October 04, 2013  |  Discuss

NL Wild Card Game that Sees Pirates Advance Draws Strong TV Ratings

With the first playoff game in Pittsburgh since 1992, and the winner-advances format for the Wild Card, fans tuned in to Tuesday’s NL Wild Card game to officially kick off the 2013 MLB postseason. With the largest crowd, ever, in PNC Park history at 40,487 the game got strong ratings on TV and solid action via social media. TBS’ telecast of last night’s NL Wild Card Game...
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October 02, 2013  |  Discuss
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