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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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04/23/07
Israel Baseball League media deals include PBS stations

The fledgling Israel Baseball League has struck media deals with Infinity Pro Sports, Israel’s Arutz Sport and five U.S. PBS stations for its inaugural season. Arutz will broadcast nine games in Israel from the two-month summer season: the June 24 opening game, the all-star and championship ...

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04/16/07
With Extra Innings deals done, quest for sign-ups in full swing

Major League Baseball’s Extra Innings saga has moved from negotiations, dueling press releases and congressional hearings to the simpler operational logistics of customer sign-ups, but not without an angry parting shot from satellite company EchoStar Communications. ...

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04/16/07
Cold costs Northern MLB clubs

Mother Nature levied a wallop in Major League Baseball’s first two weeks of the 2007 season, siphoning away millions of dollars in ticket sales and concessions and parking revenue due to frigid weather and unexpected snow. Brave fans bundled up for baseball in Chicago … ...

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04/09/07
Will Cubs finally finish on top?

The perfect storm of MLB franchise sales has developed, and the result will almost undoubtedly generate a record for the sport. Tribune will sell Wrigley and the Cubs in Q4. Tribune Co.’s intent to sell the Chicago Cubs as part of a buyout deal to sell the rest ...

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04/09/07
Going OT for Extra Innings

Waiting for the US Airways shuttle at Washington’s Ronald Reagan National Airport on Tuesday, March 27, senior MLB executives were doubtful that baseball could cut an Extra Innings deal with cable operators. DirecTV CEO Chase Carey testifies before a Senate committee ...

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04/02/07
NHL sending fans on digital treasure hunt for playoffs

The NHL today was expected to unveil its “Quest for the Cup,” a digital marketing campaign aimed at boosting the league’s national profile and TV viewership during the upcoming playoffs. The effort, constructed in partnership with Miami-based Digital Allegiance, combines an Internet-based t ...

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04/02/07
MLB execs post huge numbers

MLB Commissioner Bud Selig earned $14.5 million in the fiscal year ended Oct. 31, 2005, according to the league’s tax return, which is believed to be baseball’s first public disclosure of the information. The Executive Council rewarded Selig for baseball’s robust ec ...

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03/26/07
Baseball's big problem

Barry Bonds is listed in the San Francisco Giants’ roster as 6-foot-2, 230 pounds. But in a metaphorical sense, Bonds is the elephant in the room that nobody in baseball wants to discuss. Barry Bonds begins a new season with the home run record in sight, but the cont ...

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03/26/07
MLB Issues to Watch

Matsuzaka madness Daisuke Matsuzaka The Dice-K phenomenon, started last fall with Boston’s record $51.1 million posting fee just to gain negotiating rights to the Japanese pitcher and a subsequent $52 million contract, is fueling yet another huge wave of inte ...

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03/26/07
Battle still looms over Extra Innings

MLB’s Extra Innings out-of-market package not long ago existed as a lightly regarded piece of the sport’s broadcast platform. Now it stands at a key intersection in baseball’s relationship with its fans and congressional leaders, the fight for subscribers between cable and satellite, and the bl ...

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