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

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Stats LLC, MLBAM Extend Data Licensing Deal Through '18

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 10 / 14

Stats LLC has signed a four-year contract extension with MLBAM to remain the real-time data licensor for baseball, continuing a role it has held since '10. The new term, covering the '15-18 seasons, encompasses MLB and all affiliated minor leagues. Stats will distribute both in-game and postgame con...

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SportsBusiness Daily: MLB, MLBPA Retain U.S. TV Rights For WBC

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Tags: Media, MLB, Baseball

10/24/12
SportsBusiness Daily: MLB Touts Start Of World Series In Media Blitz

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Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, MLB

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SportsBusiness Daily: Playoffs Help Bleacher Report Mobile App

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Tags: Media

10/22/12
SportsBusiness Journal: Dynamic pricing makes playoffs

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Tags: Franchises

10/18/12
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Tags: Media, TBS/TNT

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Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

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