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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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Fox’s call for change pays off

What began nearly two years ago as a simple attempt by Major League Baseball to extend its national broadcast TV deal with Fox Sports has resulted in some of the most dramatic changes in the sport’s televised history — with more yet to come. MLB’s twin ...

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Prescription for steroid issue: Don’t mention it

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Stats Inc. becomes data partner of NBA

The NBA and Stats Inc. have signed a multiyear data services deal that gives the longtime statistics purveyor access to the league’s real-time game information. Morton Grove, Ill.-based Stats Inc. becomes an official real-time data partner of the NBA, WNBA and NBA Development League and ...

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Flurry of team sales changes the face of MLB ownership

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Mets tap Allen & Co. for naming-rights search

The New York Mets have hired investment banker Allen & Co. to market the naming rights for their forthcoming ballpark in Queens, the first such project for the longtime broker of franchise acquisitions and sports media deals. The rendering says “Mets Ballpark ...

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MLBAM seeks licensing fees over Slingbox

Sling Media’s device allows viewers to watch their local stations no matter where they go. MLB Advanced Media is pressing Sling Media Inc., maker of the popular Slingbox device, to pay licensing fees for the distribution of televised base ...

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Wimbledon defies tradition with Webcasts

Wimbledon, for all its history, tradition and conservative commercial culture, is decidedly new age when it comes to digital media. When the main draw of the tournament commences next Monday, live matches for the first time will be available for purchase on the Internet and through cell ...

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Two hot MLB clubs haven’t caught fire at gate

The Texas Rangers are fighting for first place but filling 10 percent fewer seats than last year. Major League Baseball remains on track to set a third consecutive attendance record, but two of the season’s surprise clubs on the field, th ...

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MySpace race: Fan participation drives change on Web

The next writer hired by FoxSports.com won’t be a decorated newspaper veteran or former athlete turned TV analyst. Rather, the writer will be one of 12 finalists from the general public, each for now operating under an Internet handle such as “Dr. Midnight” or “Shooter B.” ...

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AOL.com to start broadband video channel for WNBA

AOL.com and the WNBA have expanded their existing relationship with a three-year content and sponsorship deal in which AOL will host a new broadband video channel dedicated to WNBA programming and will become an official online media partner of the league. The video-on-demand channel, ...

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