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Networks prep for playoffs minus mainstays

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 09 / 22 / 14

When the MLB playoffs last happened without either the New York Yankees or Boston Red Sox, in 1993, there was no wild-card format. Bud Selig was acting commissioner and had been on the job barely a year. The Tampa Bay Rays and Arizona Diamondbacks, with now a combined nine postseason appearances, di...

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