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Red Sox' Dave Dombrowski Kick-Starts Winter Meetings With Trade For Ace Chris Sale

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 12 / 07 / 16

Red Sox President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski with a "wild day of deal making" yesterday highlighted by the acquisition of P Chris Sale from the White Sox may have set the team "on course for another championship," according to Peter Abraham of the BOSTON GLOBE. Dombrowski "energized...

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Hornets' Season-Ticket Sales Surge Continuing

The Hornets this summer  reached 11,000 full season-ticket sales , and President & COO Fred Whitfield said that the team “continues to sell season tickets” with the new campaign under way, according to Erik Spanberg of the CHARLOTTE BUSINESS JOURNAL. The Hornets are currently ti ...

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Blues, 'Hawks Unveil Winter Classic Jerseys

The Blackhawks and Blues yesterday both unveiled their jerseys for the Jan. 2 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Busch Stadium. The Blackhawks jerseys will be available starting today at Chicago-area Blackhawks stores and on shop.nhl.com. The Blues began distributing pre-ordered jerseys yesterday ( T ...

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How The Cubs Kept WS Commercial A Secret

While Cubs fans "soaked in their moment of jubilation" after winning the World Series, a crew of "about a dozen video producers and editors were hard at work, frantically wrapping up a top-secret project they had started two months before" to document the club's championship run, according to D ...

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Nationals Won't "Spend Wildly" During Offseason

Nationals President of Baseball Operations & GM Mike Rizzo admitted that the one thing the club cannot do this offseason is "spend wildly." In DC, Chelsea Janes noted their payroll jumped to $160M in '15 and began the '16 season at $145M. The Nationals’ payroll currently sits around $140M. ...

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Braves Report A Revenue Drop Of $10M

Braves Owner Liberty Media yesterday said that team "revenue dropped" by $10M in Q3 to $109M compared to the same period last year, according to Tim Tucker of the ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION. Liberty said that the Braves’ operating profit before depreciation and amortization decreased by $14M ...

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Avila Tasked With Changing Tigers' Business Model

Tigers Exec VP/Baseball Operations & GM Al Avila is changing the team's business model, a "daunting challenge, and this offseason is only the first step in the process," according to Chris McCosky of the DETROIT NEWS. The team's days of buying $100M free agents "are over, for now." Avila said, " ...

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Mets Expecting Attendance Rise At Citi Field

The Mets have been "selling season plan renewals at a healthy clip," meaning the team "likely will see attendance rise for a fourth consecutive season" in '17, according to Neil Best of NEWSDAY. After drawing nearly 2.8 million fans in '16, a total of 3 million could be "within reach for the fi ...

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Blue Jays Eye Bigger Payroll To Work With Next Season

SPORTSNET.ca's Shi Davidi noted Blue Jays President & CEO Mark Shapiro "isn’t saying it directly," but the club will have "more big-league payroll to work with" in '17. The precise size of the increase is unclear, as Shapiro said it is a "competitive disadvantage to discuss payro ...

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Rockies Owner Says Payroll Will Reach Record

The Rockies yesterday introduced Bud Black as their next manager, and Owner Dick Monfort said the team's payroll "will be a record" next season, according to Patrick Saunders of the DENVER POST. The Rockies’ Opening Day payroll for ’16 was estimated at $112.6M, 19th in MLB, but the ...

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Twins Officially Introduce Falvey, New GM

The Twins yesterday introduced Exec VP & Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey and Senior VP & GM Thad Levine, and they "made a positive first impression by outlining their global strategy," according to Chip Scoggins of the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE. With the new hires, the ...

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