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Eric Fisher

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

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WWE, Facebook Partner For New Streaming In-Ring Competition

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 12 / 14 / 17

WWE reached an agreement with Facebook to develop a new in-ring competition, the Mixed Match Challenge, that will stream live exclusively on the social media platform beginning Jan. 16. The weekly series, airing on Tuesday nights for 12 weeks in 20-minute episodes, involves a mixed tag-team pro wres...

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SportsBusiness Journal: ESPN targets NBA as next mobile video deal

With mobile video deals in hand with Major League Baseball and the NHL, ESPN now has its sights set on the NBA. ESPN wants the NBA to follow the NHL and MLB to its new line of cell phones. John Skipper, ESPN executive vice president of ...

SportsBusiness Journal: World Baseball Classic TV deal ‘basically done’

Major League Baseball and ESPN are finalizing a TV deal for the inaugural World Baseball Classic, scheduled for March. No rights for the Classic were included in MLB’s recently signed eight-year, $2.4 billion deal with the netw ...

SportsBusiness Journal: Nationals sales executive Cope out after one year

David Cope, Washington Nationals vice president of sales and marketing, was fired last week after a one-year stay with the club. Cope, 41, played a lead role in the frenetic sales and sponsorship effort that followed Major League Baseball’s decision to move the Montreal Expos to Washin ...

SportsBusiness Journal: RazorGator still dealing, this time securing Rose Bowl tie

RazorGator last week continued its active dealmaking by landing a coveted sponsorship with the Tournament of Roses Association that makes the secondary ticketing acompany the preferred travel partner for the Rose Bowl, this year’s BCS national championship game. RazorGator will also establish and o ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Net delays 24-hour programming

The Mid-Atlantic Sports Network has delayed plans to begin 24-hour programming by at least six months, adding another layer of uncertainty surrounding the Washington Nationals. Peter Angelos’ Baltimore Orioles and MASN are locked in a ...

SportsBusiness Journal: NBA converts Web video from paid to free

Changes will more closely link NBA TV and the league’s Web site. The NBA this week is rolling out a significantly expanded package of broadband video on NBA.com, a move designed to more closely link the league’s Web site and NBA TV. The ...

SportsBusiness Journal: Baseball Calls Up Young Guns

Andrew Friedman, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays’ 28-year-old executive vice president of baseball operations, has spent less than three years in baseball. Gerry Hunsicker, the Devil Rays’ 55-year-old senior vice president of baseball operations, boasts nearly three decades of work in nearly every facet of ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Tickets.com, under MLBAM, keeps focus on primary ticketing, impro ...

Amid the ticket industry’s headlong rush into secondary markets, Tickets.com is pursuing a slower, more cautious approach. Now under the control of MLB Advanced Media, the company operates “Replay” exchange programs for six of its 11 baseball team accounts, and holds a partnership with R ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Astros, Sox should see sales dividends from October success

The Chicago White Sox and Houston Astros, thanks to their World Series appearances, gained an immediate leg up on their sales efforts for 2006, and each club expects a significant bump in attendance and sponsorship revenue. The Ast ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Secondary ticketing

Steve Happel, an economist at Arizona State University, remembers the conversation well. About four years ago, having lunch with then-Phoenix Suns owner Jerry Colangelo, Happel brought up the subject of secondary ticketing and ticket brokers, arguing in favor of their existence and role in ...

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