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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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05/11/11
NFL Players Involved In New Social Media Channel

A group of 21 NFL players including Chargers QB Philip Rivers and Cowboys TE Jason Witten has partnered with N.C.-based startup online outfit Gridiron Ventures to create Gridiron Grunts, a new social media channel in which players will provide unfiltered audio updates, dubbed "grunts," several ...

Tags: Media

05/11/11
MLB Owers Meetings Beginning In N.Y.

MLB will begin a two-day owners meeting in N.Y. today. The Dodgers ownership situation is not on the formal agenda for tomorrow's concluding general session. But the issue will be the subject of several smaller sessions, including an update from current club monitor Tom Schieffer before ...

05/06/11
Uncertainty About Dodgers Payroll

MLB is not expected to let the Dodgers default on their payroll to players this month, according to industry sources. How precisely the cash shortfall, should it arise, will be addressed is unclear, as are the potential ramifications to embattled team owner Frank McCourt . But players would be elig ...

05/05/11
EA Sports CEO: Company Faces Uncertainty

Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitello, discussing the company's fiscal fourth quarter and fiscal year late yesterday, said the EA Sports business faces significant uncertainty over the next year due to the ongoing NFL lockout, a looming NBA work stoppage, and the historic, World Cup-fueled succes ...

Tags: Finance

05/04/11
Court Dismisses EA Sports Complaint In Case

A U.S. District Court in California earlier this week dismissed a complaint against EA Sports in the Ed O'Bannon licensing case. The former UCLA star sued EA Sports, the NCAA and the Collegiate Licensing Company in '09 on the grounds they were using his image and likeness without his conse ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, EA Sports

05/03/11
Ozzie Guillen To Promote GameSlam

White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen has signed on as a celebrity "Slambassador" to GameSlam, a startup social sports prediction game. Guillen will occasionally participate in the game, offer strategy tips and promote Game Time Live Sports Services LLC, the Illinois-based makers of GameSlam. Th ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship

05/02/11
MLB.com Keeping Phillies Fans' "USA" Clip

MLB.com will not pull a YouTube clip from last night's ESPN broadcast of the Mets-Phillies game, when fans at Citizens Bank Park learned of the death of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and began chanting "USA." MLB.com for years has had a policy of keeping game highlight clips only on its site an ...

Tags: Media, MLB

04/29/11
MLBAM Issues Credits To MLB.TV Subs

MLBAM has issued a $5 credit to MLB.TV subscribers who also are PlayStation Network subs due to the ongoing outage of the network supporting Sony's gaming console. Since last year, MLB.TV subscribers have been able to access live MLB games through the PlayStation 3. But the PlayStation Net ...

04/28/11
NESN Signs With TruMedia For Heat Maps

NESN has struck a short-term trial deal with TruMedia Networks to test the Massachusetts-based company's player-by-player heat maps, based on advanced statistical analytics, during game broadcasts. The RSN is exploring how best to deploy the technology, and is also searching for a presenting co ...

Tags: Media

04/28/11
Fans Choose Hillis For "Madden" Cover

Browns RB Peyton Hillis yesterday completed his shocking run through EA Sports' "Madden NFL 12" fan vote bracket for the game cover, routing Eagles QB Michael Vick in the final with a vote margin of 66% to 34%. The selection was announced live on ESPN2's "SportsNation." Hillis today will condu ...

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