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MLB's Rob Manfred Addresses MASN Dispute As Owners Meeting Ends

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 05 / 21 / 15

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred concluded his first set of owners meetings this afternoon, and he firmly stood behind the league’s position in the ongoing MASN media rights dispute. The league, Nationals, and the Orioles-controlled RSN are all awaiting a ruling from Judge Lawrence Marks in th...

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SportsBusiness Daily: EA Sports Will Not Release "NBA Live '13"

EA Sports said late Thursday it will not release a title in its troubled basketball franchise "NBA Live" at all this year, extending its absence from the simulation basketball gaming market to a third full year. The video game publisher announced plans two weeks ago to delay a retail release of "NBA ...

SportsBusiness Daily: First-Day Sales For EA's "FIFA" Up 42%

EA Sports today said it sold 353,000 copies of "FIFA Soccer 13" in North America on its launch day Tuesday, up 42% compared to the release day of last year's edition. Users of the title also played more than 1.4 million games in the initial 24 hours of release, up 35% compared to the same period las ...

SportsBusiness Daily: MLBAM To Hold Single-Day Streak Contest

MLBAM tomorrow plans to conduct a single-day Beat The Streak contest in attempt to award a never-won $5.6M prize. The game, a popular element on MLB.com since its introduction in '01, calls for players to select an MLB hitter each day to get a hit with a goal of surpassing Joe DiMaggio's real-world ...

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SportsBusiness Daily: WBC Final To Be Held March 19

MLB and the MLBPA yesterday announced the final of the '13 World Baseball Classic will be held March 19 at AT&T Park in S.F. The venue was previously known, as were planned WBC competition sites in Phoenix and Miami. However, game dates have now been finalized, as well as individual tournament p ...

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SportsBusiness Daily: Phizzle Enters Sports Space With JMU Deal

S.F.-based Phizzle Inc. has signed a deal with James Madison Univ. to supply mobile marketing and digital advertising products and services to the school's athletic department, representing the first collegiate deal for the company. Phizzle signed the deal through Front Row Marketing Services, which ...

SportsBusiness Daily: Mobile Gaming Outfit WedgeBuster Gets VC Funds

WedgeBuster, a L.A.-based startup mobile and social gaming outfit, has closed on a $2.2M round of Series A venture capital funding. Investors include Saints QB Drew Brees, pro skateboarder Rob Dyrdek, and Calif.-based venture outfit 37 Technology Ventures. Comprised in part of former gaming execs fr ...

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SportsBusiness Daily: SB Nation Debuting Site Redesign

SB Nation today is debuting a new overall site redesign, new logos for its network of more than 300 individual blogs and a new content management system making SB Nation much more optimized for mobile platforms. The updates, tagged "SB Nation United" by company officials, are designed to boost unifo ...

SportsBusiness Journal: New ad model for Silver Chalice

Editor's note: This story is revised from the print edition. Silver Chalice New Media has begun to sell online video advertising on a cost-per-completed-view basis, a new model that veers away from the traditional method based on a site’s audience reach. The company, formed by Chicag ...

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SportsBusiness Daily: MLBAM Takes Over League Twitter Account

MLBAM this afternoon took the league's official @MLB Twitter account private for six hours to conduct a series of members-only giveaways and contests. The effort generated about 7,000 additional followers late this morning before the account was temporarily locked, boosting the total count to more ...

SportsBusiness Daily: NFL Digital To Unveil New Mobile App

NFL Digital Media tonight will introduce its new second-screen mobile experience "Thursday Night Football Xtra," designed to tie into the NFL Network's coverage of Thursday night games. Slated to be available for the iPhone, iPad and Verizon Android users, the application includes live, in-game side ...

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