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Volume 21 No. 26

Monday, July 23, 2018

Volume 21 No. 14

The Anonymous All-Stars

While complaining about baseball has been around nearly as long as baseball itself, the critiques surrounding why the continued greatness of players such as Mike Trout, Bryce Harper and Manny Machado isn’t more celebrated have only grown louder.

Concerns about MLB attendance permeate All-Star

MLB and the Nationals put on a well-received show for the Home Run Derby and All-Star Game. But close behind the festive mood surrounding the All-Star events were heightened concerns about attendance, still one of baseball’s core revenue streams.

Swoosh blitzkrieg

Nike and Major League Baseball have a verbal agreement to take over on-field uniform rights, which will put the swoosh on MLB jerseys beginning with the 2020 season, according to sources gathered in Washington, D.C., for last week’s All-Star Game.

MiLB merchandise sales hit $70M in 2017

Minor League Baseball and its 160 clubs in the U.S. and Canada combined to generate a record $70.8 million in merchandise sales last year. That’s up 4 percent from 2016’s $68.3 million and marks the category’s eighth straight annual increase.

Duck Tales: Warsaw at 25

The first such program to be endowed at an accredited B-school, the Warsaw Sports Marketing Center was founded in October of 1993, when Jim Warsaw donated $250,000 in seed money. It began humbly, driven by a speaker series that featured Warsaw and whatever guests he could corral from the industry.

NBA policy grants employees sabbaticals

Mid-summer is here and for some long-tenured NBA employees, the living is easy, educational or even adventurous as they take advantage of a prized perk offered by the league: A fully paid sabbatical program designed to re-energize staff.