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Terry Lefton

Staff writer Terry Lefton covers marketing, including sponsorships, licensing and merchandising.

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Dodgers asking $12 million a year for naming rights to field

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 07 / 17 / 17

C ommercialism has seeped into MLB’s historical ballparks with signage amid the ivy at Wrigley Field and ads splashed across the Green Monster at Fenway Park. Now, America’s third-oldest MLB venue is looking to defy MLB’s lega...

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