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StubHub Sues Warriors, Ticketmaster Over Resale Restrictions

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 03 / 30 / 15

StubHub yesterday filed a federal antitrust suit against Ticketmaster and the Warriors, alleging the pair illegally conspired to force season-ticket holders of the NBA team to only use a Ticketmaster-powered market for ticket resale and restrict consumer choice. The lawsuit claims listings of Warrio...

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Votto Deal "Irrational," But Reds See Revenue Increasing

The Reds' move to sign 1B Joey Votto to a 10-year, $225M extension “is an irrational decision,” and unless team President & CEO Bob Castellini is “planning to increase payroll dramatically, it is a decision that will shackle the Reds soon,” according to Ken Rosenthal of F ...

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MLB Facility Notes

The Twins are "bringing Iron Range meatballs, fried pickle chips and a baked potato bar, among other new food offerings, to Target Field" for '12. The Murray's steak sandwich, Walk A Taco and Tony O's Cuban sandwich will "return from last season, and so will the walleye, pork chop on a stick and che ...

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People & Personalities

On Long Island, Neil Best wrote ESPN baseball analyst Terry Francona and his bosses have "done their best to temper the fascination over his moving into the post that Bobby Valentine held -- after Valentine took the spot Francona had held as Red Sox manager." ESPN Senior VP & Exec Producer Jed D ...

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MLB Begins Season With 16 Sponsors

With the MLB regular-season domestic opener set for tonight, THE DAILY presents a comprehensive list of the official MLB corporate partners for the '12 season ( THE DAILY ). SPONSOR (KEY RIGHTS) CATEGORY RIGHTS ...

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Fox Looks To Boost MLB Audience Numbers

Fox’ regular-season MLB ratings have been flat over the last three years at a 1.8 rating, and down from a 2.3 rating during the ’07 season. The net did see a 24% ratings bump for its three primetime telecasts last season, compared to the same three primetime telecasts in ...

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Yankees Maintain Highest Team Payroll

A record 12 MLB teams "have payrolls of more than $100 million" at the start of the '11 season, and while the Yankees "reduced their payroll from a year ago by $3 million to $203 million," they still lead all MLB teams, according to Nightengale & Boeck of USA TODAY. The Phillies and Red Sox, who ...

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YES, DirecTV Face Friday Deadline For Renewal

While SportsNet N.Y. and Dish Network are "negotiating for a renewal of a carriage deal" that was set to expire at midnight Thursday night, YES Network and DirecTV are "doing the same while facing" a Friday deadline, according to CABLEFAX DAILY. YES "has run an on-air spot alerting customers to a po ...

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A's Switch Flagship To KBWF-FM

The A's announced a four-year agreement Thursday for KBWF-FM to be "their new flagship radio station," according to Joe Stiglich of the OAKLAND TRIBUNE. The agreement takes effect with Friday's regular-season opener against the Mariners, and "all of the team's pregame and postgame programming elemen ...

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MLB Media Notes

In St. Louis, Dan Caesar reports FS Midwest is "apologizing for a snafu in its coverage of the pregame festivities" before Thursday's Padres-Cardinals season opener. As the players in the starting lineup "were being introduced Thursday, FSM cut to a taped introduction of the game telecast, then went ...

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MLB Roundtable: Writers Discuss Hot-Button Issues

MLB enters the '11 season with plenty of reasons to be optimistic about the future of the game. The league is riding an unprecedented wave of labor peace, while also witnessing the rise of several young stars poised to become the new faces of the national pastime. But the sport is not without its tr ...

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