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Staff writer Eric Fisher covers baseball and digital media.

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Digital Sports Outlets In September Post Best Month Of Year With Return Of Football

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 10 / 19 / 17

Fueled heavily by the start of the NFL season and return of fantasy football, the digital sports media category in September posted its strongest comScore numbers this calendar year. Monthly multiplatform data showed the sports category posted a total audience of 186.6 million during the month, up ...

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SportsBusiness Daily: eSports Company Skillz Gets $15M In VC Funding

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SportsBusiness Daily: ESPN.com Sees Jump In Unique Users For August

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SportsBusiness Daily: Harper Stars In Gatorade VR Video

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