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Eric Fisher covers baseball and digital media for SportsBusiness Journal/Daily.

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The Whistle Signs Content/Distribution Deal With MLS, KickTV

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 08 / 21 / 14

Digital youth sports programmer The Whistle has signed a content development and distribution agreement with MLS and KickTV, based around The Whistle's recently launched Xbox application. KickTV will become part of The Whistle Sports Network, an aggregation of more than 140 channel partners comprisi...

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SportsBusiness Daily: MLB Owners Voting On New Commissioner

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SportsBusiness Daily: MLB Owners To Vote On Commissioner

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SportsBusiness Daily: MLB Commissioner Hopefuls Prep For Vote

Potential MLB Commissioner candidates  Tim Brosnan ,  Rob Manfred  and  Tom Werner  this afternoon will each present their vision for the future of the sport before league owners in advance of the planned vote tomorrow, with each of their presentations followed by Q&A se ...

08/11/14
SportsBusiness Daily: Documents: Nationals Seek To Triple Rights Fees

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Tags: Media, MASN, Baltimore Orioles, Washington Nationals, MLB

08/08/14
SportsBusiness Daily: Orioles Get Restraining Order In MASN Dispute

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Tags: Media, MLB, MASN, Washington Nationals, Baltimore Orioles

08/07/14
SportsBusiness Daily: Court Halts Arbitration Award For Nats

MASN today successfully petitioned the New York State Supreme Court to obtain a temporary restraining order against MLB, the Nationals and Commissioner Bud Selig to prevent a recent arbitration award for the Nationals in their ongoing TV dispute from taking effect. A hearing on MASN's bid for a ...

08/05/14
SportsBusiness Journal: Over the top brings promise and concern

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Tags: Media

08/04/14
SportsBusiness Journal: Values also rising for independents

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Tags: Franchises

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SportsBusiness Journal: WWE net takes some shots

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SportsBusiness Daily: Microsoft, NFL Debuting New Tablets On Sidelines

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