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

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Mark Cuban Among Group That Has Raised $7M For ESports Company Unikrn

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 06 / 30 / 15

Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban is part of an investor group that has raised $7M for Unikrn, a Seattle-based eSports company that allows for legal wagering around competitive video game matches and tournaments. Cuban participated in the funding round along with Binary Capital, Advancit Capital, Freelands...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Padres’ system combines fan touch points

The San Diego Padres are ramping up efforts to understand fan behavior and habits. The team is introducing a radio frequency identification system that will combine ticketing, concessions, its fan loyalty program and in-game entertainment. Like the Washington Nationals and Tampa Bay Rays, the Pad ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Yahoo’s ‘Loops’ raising rights issues

Leagues and TV networks are questioning the legality of a new feature on Yahoo Sports’ mobile app that curates game highlights in near real-time. The feature, “Loops,” was launched at the beginning of the year and allows users to create in-game GIFs (graphics interchange format ...

Tags: Media, Leagues and Governing Bodies

SportsBusiness Daily: Cubs' Ricketts Addresses State Of Franchise

Cubs Chair  Tom Ricketts yesterday at the club's annual convention called last season a major "inflection point" in the development of the franchise, and vowed better days would soon arrive for the franchise. Facing only mild criticism from fans, Ricketts said the Cubs' commitment to rebuild i ...

SportsBusiness Daily: Manfred Not Worried About MLBPA Relationship

MLB COO Rob Manfred said the league’s relationship with the MLBPA is not overly threatened despite recent tensions surrounding the Alex Rodriguez situation. The union earlier this week blasted the league’s participation in the “60 Minutes” report on Rodriguez and said it woul ...

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SportsBusiness Daily: MLB Instant Replay System Approved

MLB owners today unanimously approved a dramatic new instant replay system that promises to change how the game is played, as well as the in-game experience. In the new system, a wide variety of on-field plays will be challengeable by managers, and teams now gain new ability to show close plays on t ...

SportsBusiness Daily: A-Rod An "Asset," But Yanks Don't Talk Future

Yankees Managing General Partner Hal Steinbrenner yesterday said he considered 3B Alex Rodriguez an “asset,” but declined to discuss in detail the club’s future plans for the suspended player. Steinbrenner did not rule out a return of Rodriguez to the Yankees active roster. “ ...

Tags: Franchises, New York Yankees, MLB

SportsBusiness Daily: MLBAM Revives "RBI Baseball" Video Game

MLBAM last night announced it will be reviving the popular late ‘80s/early ‘90s video game franchise “RBI Baseball” for current and next generation gaming consoles and mobile. “RBI Baseball 14,” slated for release this spring, will be MLBAM’s first developed ...

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SportsBusiness Daily: MLB Owners Meeting Begins Today

MLB owners today will begin a quarterly meeting in Paradise Valley, Ariz., seeking to advance efforts to expand instant replay and implement a ban on home plate collisions in time for the '14 season. A subcommittee of MLB Commissioner Bud Selig ’s Special Committee for On-Field Matters will p ...

SportsBusiness Daily: NBC To Air Special For SI Swimsuit Issue

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SportsBusiness Journal: Big boost for MLBAM's business

MLB Advanced Media’s acquisition of streaming video deals with Sony and World Wrestling Entertainment, each announced last week at the International Consumer Electronics Show, represents the biggest boost to its non-baseball business since it began streaming ESPN3 nearly four years ago. Bas ...

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