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

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MLB To Hold Draft On June 9, But Has Yet To Pick Location

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 09 / 01 / 15

The '16 MLB Draft will be held on June 9, but the league has yet to disclose a location after efforts to synchronize the event with the College World Series have yet to produce an agreement. The Draft has been held at MLB Network studios in Secaucus, N.J., for the past seven years, and will return t...

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SportsBusiness Daily: Fox Streaming U.S. Open In VR

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Tags: Media, Fox, Golf

SportsBusiness Daily: MiLB's Fan Cost Up Slightly In '15

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SportsBusiness Journal: Veritix, AXS join forces

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Tags: Facilities

SportsBusiness Journal: Ticketing features unified on Ballpark

MLB Advanced Media, in a significant effort around mobile ticketing that is debuting this spring, is putting primary ticketing, seat transfers and upgrades, stored value for concessions and loyalty programs in a single digital platform. Internally branded the customer engagement platform, the uni ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

SportsBusiness Daily: Veritix, AXS Agree To Merge Operations

Veritix and AEG’s AXS ticketing operation have agreed to merge operations in a major, industry-shaping transaction. The deal, announced this morning at the Veritix Sports Facilities & Franchises Conference in Santa Clara, creates a combined entity with more than $2B in annual sales and off ...

Tags: Sports Facilities and Franchises

SportsBusiness Daily: Sportvision Renews Partnership With MLBAM

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Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, MLB

SportsBusiness Journal: Selling tickets to millennials

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Tags: In-Depth

SportsBusiness Journal: Gametime's last-minute strategy

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Tags: In-Depth

SportsBusiness Daily: Bud Selig Not Slowing Down In Retirement

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Tags: People and Pop Culture, MLB

SportsBusiness Daily: Green Sports Alliance To Fete Yankees

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