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New deal for HBO OTT service will mean growth for MLBAM

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 12 / 15 / 14

MLB Advanced Media began 2014 with major video streaming deals with Sony and World Wrestling Entertainment, representing huge boosts to its non-baseball business. Its new pact with HBO to power the cable network’s forthcoming over-the-top streaming service ends the year in much the same fashio...

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USTA touts Open's economic boost

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Proposed China tour delayed

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Can pro cycling turn profit in U.S.?

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New triathlon series launching

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International soccer heats up in U.S.

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Sponsorships up for Women’s World Cup

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MLB’s plans in place

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Gold Cup numbers shine as predicted

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Michigan, Notre Dame sign seat-cushion deals

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SBA Lifetime Achievement Award

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