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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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10/07/13
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10/07/13
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10/07/13
EA’s athlete relations director exits

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10/07/13
Nationals Park blazed trail

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10/07/13
Teams say break from StubHub a success

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MLB wild-card settles in 2nd year

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