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MLB Network Absorbing MLB Productions In Ongoing Reorganization

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 03 / 04 / 15

MLB Productions, baseball's in-house TV and video production division, is being absorbed into MLB Network as part of the league's ongoing business reorganization under new Commissioner Rob Manfred . The move, aimed at creating operational efficiencies, resulted in a job loss of slightly less than h...

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12/17/98
FRANCHISE NOTES

USA TODAY''s Gordon Forbes reports that the NFL "is expected to allow" 49ers co-Owner Eddie DeBartolo to regain ownership of the 49ers "in time" for the March meetings (USA TODAY, 12/17)....New Colise

Tags: Franchises, New York Islanders, NFL, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers, San Jose Sharks

12/17/98
MEDIA NOTES

In Chicago, Bernie Lincicome criticizes SI''s cover shot featuring "Sportsmen of the Year" Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa in togas. Calling it the "dumb-idea of the year," Lincicome writes it is the "wor

Tags: CBS, Cincinnati Reds, ESPN, NASCAR, News Corp./Fox, Sports Illustrated, Media, TNN, Viacom, Walt Disney

12/17/98
CBS RAISES ITS STAKES IN SPORTSLINE USA TO 10.4% OF COMPANY

CBS Corp. has increased its stake in SportsLine USA Inc., according to the HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. The network has acquired 380,000 shares for $15 totaling $5.7M. CBS now owns 10.4% of FL-based SportsLine

Tags: CBS, Media, Viacom

12/17/98
FACILITY NOTES

SkyDome''s largest creditors will today ask a Ontario Court to put the stadium in receivership and then sell it to Sportsco for C$100M. The bondholders include "many of Canada''s largest insurance com

Tags: Facilities, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, Toronto Maple Leafs

12/17/98
SE GOOD-BYE TO SAMSUNG: PAK SEEKING NEW MANAGEMENT DEAL

South Korea-based Samsung group, which signed a ten- year "exclusive managerial and sponsorship deal" with Se Ri Pak in ''96, is "giving up its management" of the golfer next year, according to the AP

Tags: IMG

12/17/98
ASTROS' MCLANE INKS WITH ARAMARK, INSTITUTES MINORITY PLAN

Astros Owner Drayton McLane Jr. announced a 15-year concessionaire contract with ARAMARK "that includes a guarantee that at least 30% of the project will go to minority businessman," according to John

Tags: Aramark, Facilities, Houston Astros

12/17/98
WEB EXECS GAZE INTO THE FUTURE AND PREDICT WEB DEVELOPMENT

The "merging of TV and the Web" is the "overriding theme for sports sites next year," according to David Sweet of the WALL STREET JOURNAL. Sweet surveyed top sports site Web execs and industry analyst

Tags: ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Media, SportsLine.com, Time Warner, Walt Disney

12/17/98
NAMES IN THE NEWS

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Tags: Anheuser Busch, Boston Red Sox, ESPN, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, NBC, Brooklyn Nets, People and Pop Culture, Walt Disney, YankeeNets

12/17/98
PATRIOTS MOVE COULD BE APPROVED BY OWNERS IN JANUARY

The Patriots move to Hartford could be approved by NFL owners "by the end of January," should it be added to the agenda of the owners meeting scheduled for January 28 in Miami, according to Daley & Ga

Tags: Franchises, New England Patriots, NFL

12/17/98
EARLY HOLIDAY CHEER: AUTHORITY TAKES ON WARRIORS FOR $11M

The Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority has "taken the offensive" against the Warriors by filing an $11M legal claim against the club, according to Laura Counts of the OAKLAND TRIBUNE. Basketbal

Tags: Franchises, Golden State Warriors

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