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MLB To Hold Draft On June 9, But Has Yet To Pick Location

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 09 / 01 / 15

The '16 MLB Draft will be held on June 9, but the league has yet to disclose a location after efforts to synchronize the event with the College World Series have yet to produce an agreement. The Draft has been held at MLB Network studios in Secaucus, N.J., for the past seven years, and will return t...

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