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Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 30 / 14

84%  – Percentage of respondents to a poll on BUFFALONEWS.com who want Terry Pegula to be the Bills' next owner. Following Pegula, Donald Trump earned 6% of votes,  Jon Bon Jovi  and his Toronto group 3%, Tom Golisano 3%, and a "yet-to-be-discussed owner" 2%. At ...

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07/30/14
MLB's MASN Ruling Favors Nationals

A June 30 ruling by the MLB committee adjudicating the Orioles-Nationals dispute over MASN media-rights fees "favored the Nationals," who currently receive $29M per year under their contract with the RSN and "wanted it bumped up to somewhere between" $100-120M per year, according to Eriq Gardner o ...

Tags: Media, MASN, Washington Nationals, Baltimore Orioles, MLB

07/30/14
Vin Scully To Return For '15 Season

Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully yesterday announced that he is "coming back next year" for his 66th season with the club, according to Bill Shaikin of the L.A. TIMES. Scully, who turns 87 in November, in a statement said, "Naturally there will come a time when I will have to say goodbye, but I've sou ...

Tags: Media, Los Angeles Dodgers, MLB

07/30/14
DirecTV Defiant On SportsNet LA Carriage Impasse

DirecTV "refuses to back down" in its carriage standoff with Time Warner Cable over the Dodgers-owned Time Warner Cable SportsNet LA, according to Ted Johnson of VARIETY. DirecTV yesterday in a statement "again pushed Time Warner Cable to agree to a deal in which DirecTV could offer the games ala ca ...

Tags: Media, Time Warner Cable, DirecTV, Los Angeles Dodgers

07/30/14
Media Notes

In Houston, David Barron noted the Rockets and Astros yesterday "issued their most optimistic proclamation yet" regarding the future of their Houston Regional Sports Network partnership, saying that they "are 'now very close' to an agreement to reorganize" the partnership that owns CSN Houston. The ...

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07/29/14
Should ESPN Further Discipline Smith?

The highest levels of ESPN management "were involved" in how Stephen A. Smith's apology for comments about domestic violence "would play out" yesterday, according to sources cited by Richard Deitsch of SI.com. Sources said that it was "decided to tape it rather than do it live -- and that plenty o ...

Tags: Media, ESPN

07/29/14
TWC Okays Arbitrator For SportsNet LA Price

Time Warner Cable is "willing to let an arbitrator determine a fair price for SportsNet LA in the hopes of resolving its dispute with DirecTV and other pay-TV providers over distribution of the Dodger-owned channel," according to Flint & Hiserman of the L.A. TIMES. TWC said that it would "agree ...

Tags: Media, Time Warner Cable, Los Angeles Dodgers, MLB

07/29/14
Fox Sports Digital, Sporting News Join Forces

Fox Sports Digital and Sporting News Media "have struck a multiyear digital partnership that will create one of the most highly trafficked sports media entities in the industry," according to Eric Fisher of SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL. News, features and video content from each entity "will appear on the ...

Tags: Media, Fox, Sporting News

07/29/14
Leagues Embracing Daily Fantasy Games

Pro sports leagues are "traditionally ferocious opponents of gambling on their sports, online or off," but many have "quietly embraced gambling on fantasy sports, apparently aware that the passion for it is crucial to their bottom lines," according to Joe Drape of the N.Y. TIMES. MLB especially has ...

Tags: Media, MLB, NFL

07/29/14
Boxer Golovkin Signs Extension With HBO

L.A.-based K2 Promotions announced on Friday that WBA and IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin has "signed a multi-fight contract extension with HBO," according to Dan Rafael of ESPN.com. K2 Promotions Managing Dir Tom Loeffler, after Golovkin's Saturday night fight against Daniel Geale, said, ...

Tags: Media, HBO, Boxing, DirecTV

07/29/14
App Review: Ticketmaster For iPhone

A clean interface with an arsenal of convenient features, the latest release of Ticketmaster for iPhone delivers an impressive product. During my time with the app, I discovered and purchased tickets to local events with ease. I purchased and offered for resale two tickets to this Saturday's AS Rom ...

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