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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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01/13/14
Secondary market tracking up

Secondary-market tickets for Super Bowl XLVIII are tracking as the most expensive in event history, but much like the weather for the outdoor game, the market forecast for the next three weeks remains subject to significant change. Ticket metasearch outfit SeatGeek said the average resale listing ...

Tags: Super Bowl

01/06/14
Hall looks to big ’14

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum posted a net loss of $3.06 million in 2012, according to its recently filed federal tax return, the ninth year in the red in the past 11 years for the baseball shrine. But the hall is eyeing a sharp turnaround in 2014 thanks to a yearlong celebration of ...

Tags: Events and Attractions

01/03/14
Distributors concerned over NFL Now

The NFL’s high-profile move last week to create NFL Now, an over-the-top digital content network, is certain to anger the league’s existing broadcast and cable distribution partners. Announced during last week’s run-up to Super Bowl XLVIII in New York, NFL Now will feature highl ...

Tags: Media

12/16/13
Lender to finance broker purchases

A Connecticut-based lender has struck partnerships with three NHL teams and one NBA team to help finance broker purchases of season-ticket packages. Entertainment Financial, a sister company of established secondary-ticket market player TicketNetwork, has positioned itself as a preferred ticketin ...

Tags: Finance

12/16/13
NBC, Yahoo to partner for Sochi

NBC Olympics and Yahoo will partner to promote video highlights and live streamed video of the Sochi Games, ending years of competition and public sniping over what outlet drove the most traffic during an Olympic Games. {podcast} SBJ Podcast: Tripp Mickle and Eric Fisher discuss the NBC-Yaho ...

Tags: Olympics

12/16/13
MLBAM, Dolphins see tech as fan beacon

Three months after briefly testing Apple’s new iBeacon mobile technology at Citi Field, MLB is moving ahead with its aggressive plan for a system that would enable teams leaguewide to send targeted messages to fans’ mobile devices at key points inside and outside stadiums. For example ...

Tags: Facilities

12/16/13
TM+ pairs primary, secondary tickets

Editor’s note: This story is revised from the print edition. Ticketmaster and three major sports leagues are attempting a significant recalibration of fan ticket-buying behavior with the broad rollout of TM+, a new product combining primary and secondary listings online on a single even ...

Tags: Facilities

12/09/13
Jags exec Tony Khan invests in TruMedia

Tony Khan, son of Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan and the team’s senior vice president of football technology and analytics, has made a significant investment in Massachusetts-based sports analytics firm TruMedia Networks. Terms of the investment were not disclosed, but both parties de ...

Tags: Finance

12/02/13
Accessibility key in NASCAR.com changes

Less than a year after debuting a new, graphics-rich website that veers sharply from industry norms, NASCAR this winter will revamp portions of it to boost engagement. Changes will make content easier to get to for NASCAR.com user ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

12/02/13
An alarm for college football

A national survey has delivered a sobering view of college football, finding it lacking in areas such as customer service, game-day experience and affordability. The findings are among the key results of an extensive look by Turnkey Sports & Entertainment and Ohio University into the satisfac ...

Tags: Colleges

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