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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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11/25/13
Bloomberg boosts scout system

Four years into its effort to leverage its financial markets expertise in the sports world, Bloomberg Sports is substantially expanding its professional baseball scouting tools. The company has built out capabilities with partner MLB Advanced Media to link as many as eight customized video angles ...

Tags: Media

11/25/13
CineSport, Legacy Agency linking up

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Tags: Media

11/18/13
Braves bank on mixed-use plans

The Atlanta Braves’ surprising plans to build a new stadium in Cobb County are in large part about the opportunity to create a large-scale, mixed-use development surrounding the ballpark and not the facility itself. Such ancillary projects have quickly become important in baseball, with rec ...

Tags: Facilities

11/18/13
After four years, ‘NBA Live’ goes live

EA Sports on Tuesday will end a four-year absence from the basketball simulation gaming market with the release of its “NBA Live 14,” capping what had been one of the most troubled episodes in sports licensing. The release of the gam ...

Tags: Media

11/18/13
Braves: AAA team stays in Gwinnett Co.

The Atlanta Braves are hoping their planned move to suburban Cobb County will go much better than a similar but highly disappointing shift to the northern Atlanta suburbs for their Class AAA minor league team. The Braves in 2009 relocated their top minor league affiliate from Richmond, Va., to G ...

Tags: Facilities

11/11/13
New firm to deploy students for projects

Two digital media industry veterans have created a labor pool of college students called Talent League, aiming to supply sports properties and media outlets with talent for on-demand projects. The effort, nearly two years in development, is the idea of Tom Richardson, president of Convergence Spo ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship

11/11/13
Fox looks to sell Scout back to Heckman

Fox Sports is in advanced negotiations to sell online college sports and recruiting network Scout.com back to Jim Heckman, the site’s founder, who sold it to Fox more than eight years ago. Industry sources said the deal is set to close in the next several weeks, and will mark the departure ...

Tags: Media

10/28/13
Game Time mobile app sees upgrade

NBA Digital is relaunching its Game Time mobile application for the 2013-14 season, marking a key product enhancement as the NBA-Turner Sports digital partnership hits its five-year anniversary. Changes for the app, the league’s signature ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

10/28/13
MLB weathers slings, arrows of October

There are regular signs of autumn that are traditional and comfortable: leaves turning, pumpkins on porches, cooler temperatures. And then there is the now-annual torrent of media bickering over whether Major League Baseball is a dying entity, arriving squarely — and inconveniently — ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

10/21/13
New phase for Bleacher Report

For Bleacher Report’s third act, expect two major strategic themes: more integration with Turner’s televised properties and a continued effort to set the general sports news agenda. The Turner-owned company is again in the midst of transition with the departure earlier this month of i ...

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