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Eric Fisher

Staff writer Eric Fisher covers baseball and digital media.

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MLBPA takes hit in licensing revenue

04 / 07 / 14

The Major League Baseball Players Association last year generated its lowest amount of licensing revenue in nearly a decade, primarily the result of the loss of a lucrative video game contract with Take-Two Interactive. The 2013 annual report for the union, filed last week with the U.S. Departmen...

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Tags: Labor and Agents

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ANC allows more real-time content

Purchase, N.Y.-based scoreboard outfitter ANC Sports Enterprises has developed a new software system, vSoft, that allows for more real-time development and editing of scoreboard content. Scoreboard systems, in part because of their size and video fidelity requirements, traditionally have required ...

Tags: Facilities

SportsBlog secures financing, content

SportsBlog.com, a Nashville-based, user-generated sports content site, has closed on a $1.5 million Series A round of venture financing and recently struck several content partnerships aimed at boosting the site’s audience and overall profile. The funding round was led by Sports & Enter ...

Tags: Media

Live local streaming at a standstill

Major League Baseball’s 2014 season begins with more live streams of national games. But local in-market streaming, something the sport has grappled with for more than five years, will go another season without a significant rollout. MLB’s new national TV contracts go into effect this ...

Tags: Media

New Panasonic unit will focus on sports

Electronics giant Panasonic is creating a new business unit, Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Co., that will house its video display and environmental groups serving sports teams and buildings. Best known in many circles for its consumer electronics business, Panasonic in recent years has become a ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship

Wrigley at 100: Neighborhood gem

Just about everybody within baseball, or any baseball fan, has a Wrigley Field story. Like Ernie Banks, the greatest Chicago Cub ever, who speaks of being so physically close to the fans there as a player, he could look directly into their eyes. Or Cubs owner Tom Ricketts, who met his wife, Cecil ...

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Who's on deck for commissioner?

There is no formal search process at present to find a successor for Bud Selig, who says he intends to step down on Jan. 24, 2015. Amid that lack of structure, the current efforts to find a 10th MLB commissioner are something akin to a political quagmire, with rumors running rampant, and no clear co ...

Tags: MLB Season Preview, In-Depth

9 Ways to improve baseball

Major League Baseball is in the throes of major operational and technological change. From this year’s rollout of a greatly expanded instant replay system to the forthcoming lifestyle-oriented series on MTV2 featuring MLB players, baseball is actively going into places that for years it was a ...

Tags: MLB Season Preview, In-Depth

'Doublemint Twins' and Old Style

Wrigley Field doesn’t have a traditional corporate name, a modern, high-definition video board (at least not yet), and never had an era where its outfield was completely lined with billboards like so many other older stadiums. But the venue has still been the source for some of the most unique ...

Tags: Wrigley Field at 100, Facilities

The negotiator

Rob Manfred, Major League Baseball’s chief operating officer, can easily be described as a classically trained sports league executive. Harvard and Cornell educated. Longtime labor lawyer for the league, and now overseeing a large portfolio of baseball that includes economics, club matters and ...

Tags: MLB Season Preview

NFL warms up to variable pricing

The NFL could have 10 or more teams using variable ticket pricing in some fashion for the 2014 season, said Brian Lafemina, league senior vice president of club business development, further evidence of the league’s embrace this offseason of more advanced pricing strategies. The Detroit Lio ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

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