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

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Selig, Steinbrenner Express Support For MLB's Replay System

04 / 15 / 14

MLB Commissioner Bud Selig and several club owners today expressed support for the league's newly expanded instant replay system despite several high-profile issues in recent days and open questioning by some managers, including the Red Sox' John Farrell . Speaking at the MLB Diversity Business S...

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Dodgers Says Fox Could Hold Up Sale Deadline

The Dodgers said today in a bankruptcy court filing that owner Frank McCourt 's agreement with MLB to sell the club by April 30 is being increasingly threatened by FSN’s ongoing opposition to a proposed accelerated sale of the club's cable TV rights. "As Fox knows, any delay in the schedule p ...

Deadspin's Daulerio Moving To Gawker.com

Gawker Media today announced editorial changes in which Deadspin editor-in-chief A.J. DAULERIO will shift over to run celebrity gossip site Gawker.com. TOMMY CRAGGS , previously Deadspin's senior editor, will be promoted to run that site. Daulerio took over Deadspin from founding editor WILL LEI ...

Tags: People and Pop Culture

MLB, MLBPA Announce Five-Year CBA

MLB and the MLBPA this afternoon formally announced a new five-year CBA, calling this "a proud day for baseball." "This is a good day for not only baseball, but also a good day for collective bargaining," said MLBPA Exec Dir Michael Weiner . "Time will tell on all the results of this negotiation, a ...

ESPN Shutting Down "College Town"

ESPN today said it will shutter its FarmVille-type social game, "ESPNU College Town," next month. The company's initial foray into social gaming, "ESPNU College Town" was a prominent part of ESPN's '10 Upfront presentation, and launched in September '10. The net this past summer said ...

Tags: Media, ESPN

MLB, MLBPA To Announce New CBA

MLB and the MLBPA, as anticipated, have scheduled a 1:00pm ET press conference today in N.Y. to announce a new five-year CBA. The new pact, extending labor peace through the '16 season and for an unprecedented 21 years in total, will include MLB's first-ever blood testing for HGH, a series of cost c ...

McCourt: Dodgers "In Fabulous Shape"

Outgoing Dodgers Owner Frank McCourt today did not rule out the club maintaining a long-term business relationship with Fox, despite competing lawsuits and mounting legal enmity between the two entities. McCourt declined to comment specifically on the lawsuits, which involve the Dodgers claiming F ...

MLB Owners Approve Astros Sale

MLB owners today in Milwaukee unanimously approved the $610M and long-delayed sale of the Astros to Houston businessman Jim Crane , part of a series of sweeping league announcements that also included the Astros moving to the AL West in '13 and the introduction of two additional wild cards as ...

Dodgers Feud With FSN Deepens With Lawsuit

The media feud between FSN and the Dodgers took another bitter turn today when the team sued the RSN, alleging it has wrongly interfered with ongoing bankruptcy reorganization efforts. FSN last week sent a cease-and-desist letter, demanding the Dodgers and financial advisor Blackstone Advisory stop ...

MLB Owners To Vote On Astros Sale

MLB owners today begin a two-day quarterly meeting in Milwaukee held concurrently with ongoing GM meetings. As has become clear in recent days, owners are expected to at last vote on the sale of the Astros to Houston-based businessman Jim Crane . The long-delayed sale, reduced to $600M, will come a ...

MLB Poised To Approve Astros Sale

MLB is poised to approve the sale of the Astros to Jim Crane, a move that will see the team relocate to the AL in '13, sources said. In return for the move, MLB is dropping the purchase price to $600M from $680M, the sources said. It is believed the money is coming from both the seller, Drayton McCl ...

Tags: Franchises, Houston Astros

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