la diffУЉrence entre la prescription et zantac ranitidine ce n'est bupropion sr 150 mg ressembler quel est le nom gУЉnУЉrique de omnicef topamax У la limite de l' allegra 80 mg nexium comprimУЉs 40mg posologie coУЛt de viagra contre le contrУДle des naissances aricept gУЉnУЉrique canada 200 mg minocycline peut naprosyn 500mg vous haute est nexium otc la mУЊme que sur ordonnance ordonnance pour la naltrexone acheter metoprolol tartrate coУЛt de gУЉnУЉrique lasix prix de dУЉtail pour augmentin prix du advair sans assurance quel est le gУЉnУЉrique pour les enfants benadryl ciprofloxacin 500 mg demi-vie combien terramycin coУЛt augmentin royaume-uni acheter sont tous comprimУЉs de viagra bleu effets secondaires metformine 1000 mg cialis 20mg posologie examens combien 20mg cialis coУЛt acheter chloramphenicol bottes ceftin 500 mg et alcool puis-je prendre cephalexin 500mg pour une infection dentaire pouvez acheter phenergan elixir redustat orlistat 120 mg hytrin 2mg utilise risperdal 15 mg walgreens pharmacie prednisone qualitest promУЉthazine avec la codУЉine prix cipro xr 500 mg dose oУЙ puis-je obtenir viagra pour acheter au ghana combien coУЛt de la colchicine comment commander topamax en ligne advair coУЛt de la pompe viagra 150 mg en sУЉcuritУЉ diltiazem hcl er 240 mg metformin 750 mg effets secondaires quelqu'un afin viagra du canada zestril 10 mg image coУЛt de seroquel au walgreens metoprolol hctz 50 25mg tab qu'est-ce que le depakote 500mg accutane gУЉnУЉrique royaume-uni combien d'allegra pilules puis-je prendre 700 mg benadryl rapport de voyage dosage benadryl pilules acheter avodart 2,5 mg baclofen 20 mg prix de la rue lasix 40 mg en espaУБol acheter seroquel 100mg lexapro troubles de l'alimentation viagra prix de vente la remise de prix sur cialis cipro coУЛt par pilule combien de mg de arimidex un jour paxil 20 mg УЉquivalent augmentin duo nom gУЉnУЉrique tamoxifen 10 mg pret cytoxan pilules effets secondaires comment acheter finasteride en canada de mУЉdicaments sur ordonnance augmentin mУЉmoire pilules aricept effets secondaires de provera 30mg zyprexa 2.5 mg et prise de poids singulair acheter en ligne royaume-uni 5 mg buspar acheter cephalexin pour chiens en ligne puis-je prendre deux pilules de mobic cymbalta gУЉnУЉrique dУЉcembre 2013 prometrium 200 mg У 10 jours ventolin hfa pour la vente combien promУЉthazine la codУЉine coУЛt par once levitra viagra cialis coУЛt le mexique pharmacie accutane cialis prix de londres propranolol retarder 80 mg glucovance 1000 mg/5 mg ranitidine 150 mg posologie ciprofloxacin hcl comprimУЉs de 500mg cialis coУЛt de l'utilisation quotidienne crestor prix d'australie cephalexin acheter royaume-uni la codУЉine et la promethazine canada prix moyen cialis oУЙ acheter lipitor en ligne acheter levitra У londres sinemet 25 У 100 mg effets secondaires coУЛt de ventolin inhalateur en irlande comparer seroquel prix 2400 mg de neurontin avodart gУЉnУЉrique finasteride qu'est-ce que les mУЉdicaments celebrex 200 mg pour super active, viagra gУЉnУЉrique cytotec en pharmacie philippines effets secondaires sexuels des paxil 10 mg est-il un gУЉnУЉrique aricept diovan au costco gУЉnУЉrique wellbutrin efficacitУЉ ordonnance avapro en ligne achat gУЉnУЉrique flomax valtrex acheter canada meilleur pharmacie en ligne cialis bula medicamento allegra 120 mg prednisolone 5 mg chiens prix de cialis 5mg au walmart allegra 200 mg pouvez-vous prendre 300 mg zantac lopid 900 mg pfizer prix abilify 5mg acheter cialis gУЉnУЉrique en europe inderal acheter en ligne royaume-uni bupropion hcl 100mg 12hr sa onglet effets secondaires exelon 4.5 mg capsule je peux prendre 40 mg de fluoxУЉtine combien de nom de marque wellbutrin xl coУЛt acheter nolvadex pharmacie en ligne viagra gУЉnУЉrique comprimУЉs aciclovir tablets bp 200mg nexium prix en dollars doxycycline 100 mg par voie orale deux fois par jour pendant 7 jours* kegunaan cialis 20 mg doxycycline sur ordonnance seulement ne lamisil besoin d'une prescription est de 60 mg une forte dose de prednisone flomax gУЉnУЉrique vs marque 1000 mg benadryl voyage qu'est-ce que lisinopril 20 mg utilisУЉ pour acheter norvasc amlodipine 5 mg gУЉnУЉrique ce n'digoxin pilules ressembler У quelle est la version gУЉnУЉrique de mircette onglet kemadrin 5mg 10 mg lexapro perte de poids 1800 mg de wellbutrin isotretinoin ordonnance, mУЉdicament anti-acnУЉ requip gУЉnУЉrique prix prevacid prescription assistance program canadienne du mУЉdicament gУЉnУЉrique cymbalta l'aspirine 81 mg d'ibuprofУЈne et d' flomax 350 mg csr servir cozaar plus 100 mg 300 mg de wellbutrin lexapro 5mg acheter nizoral ketoconazole shampoing tamoxifen 20 mg indications gУЉnУЉrique viagra prix canada aciphex onglets 20mg lipitor augmentation de prix zantac 50 mg/2ml inj celebrex prix en egypte diclofenac voltaren 50mg est de 10 mg celexa efficace propranolol 30 mg effets secondaires nom gУЉnУЉrique pour levitra quel est le nom gУЉnУЉrique ciprofloxacin combien est cialis coУЛt en nouvelle-zУЉlande etodolac 500 mg, comprimУЉs effets secondaires rУЉdiger une ordonnance pour zithromax qu'est-ce que l'ordonnance singulair crestor expiration du brevet canada diffУЉrence entre 50mg et 100mg viagra escitalopram 10 mg cipralex acheter vytorin pas cher wellbutrin 300 mg trop fort commander du viagra en ligne nz gУЉnУЉriques d'ordonnance pour le viagra 28 fluoxetine 20 mg acheter tetracycline au royaume-uni nexium bouchons 20mg red viagra pilules flonase gУЉnУЉrique coУЛt prix bactrim ds pas cher gУЉnУЉrique cialis tadalafil 25 ou 50 mg de viagra lipitor gУЉnУЉrique vs marque acheter clomid en ligne au royaume-uni quel est le nom gУЉnУЉrique pour aricept en ligne mУЉdicaments sur ordonnance viagra 5 mg cialis pour l'hbp ciprofloxacine 500mg 127 xenical orlistat prix royaume-uni erythromycin 500mg filmtab effets secondaires beaucoup ne le mУЉthotrexate coУЛt sans assurance glumetza metformin coУЛt l'obtention d'une ordonnance zoloft prix de zovirax en usa canada promenade dans la clinique viagra keflex antibiotiques prix la clindamycine hydrochl 150mg gУЉnУЉrique viagra 100mg les fabricants minocycline prescription restreinte viagra 50mg 100mg eller cialis internet canada trazodone 50 mg rxlist l'ovulation jour clomid 100mg voltaren 75 mg injetavel propecia gУЉnУЉrique prescription viagra et la pression artУЉrielle pilules acheter metformin en ligne sans meilleur endroit pour acheter femara aciclovir comprimУЉs de 800 mg posologie prilosec maker commutateurs utilisateurs de nexium contrecarrer les gУЉnУЉriques teva pharmaceuticals lipitor gУЉnУЉrique keflex 500 mg pendant la grossesse 5mg gУЉnУЉrique finasteride zoloft pilules ressembler У la promУЉthazine la codУЉine de commande ordonnance coУЛt de advair le prix de gУЉnУЉrique de wellbutrin xl metoprolol succ er 25 mg pilule que es levitra generico aciclovir comprimУЉs 400 mg ranitidine hcl comprimУЉ de 300 mg ventolin inhalateur prix philippines prix du clomid aux philippines tamoxifen 20mg onglet diffУЉrence entre 10 mg et 20 mg lexapro 5 mg cialis gУЉnУЉrique xepasone prednisolone 5mg fluoxetine 20 mg capsules commentaires pas cher cialis aux usa pouvez-vous acheter accutane en ligne yahoo oУЙ acheter pas cher advair 5mg propecia pour la perte de cheveux marque gУЉnУЉrique pour ceftin celebrex 200 mg de loisirs pas cher viagra tesco la rosuvastatine crestor gУЉnУЉrique viagra 100 mg durУЉe diovan prix le plus bas walgreens zyrtec d prix 20 mg de prednisone, dose УЉlevУЉe viagra achat en ligne canada zoloft 50 mg qd coУЛt de propecia cvs xalatan gouttes oculaires de marque gУЉnУЉrique doxycycline 100mg mekophar j'ai pris 250 mg de benadryl gУЉnУЉrique viagra fournisseurs au royaume-uni atrovent 0.02 0.5 mg gУЉnУЉrique skelaxin prix ne viagra besoin d'ordonnance le shampooing nizoral oУЙ acheter nyc cipro monographie canada cipro 1a pharma 250 mg erfahrungsberichte acheter pas cher gУЉnУЉrique clomid ce est toprol xl 50 mg utilisУЉ pour viagra gУЉnУЉrique livraison rapide wellbutrin 300 mg de haut costco prix claritin oz pilules cialis cat costa de la digoxine acheter sinequan en ligne viagra 50 mg de la rue de la valeur cialis 5 mg, comprimУЉs oУЙ puis-je acheter original cytotec dans les philippines acheter en ligne propecia en irlande comment prendre valtrex 500 mg pour les feux sauvages puis-je acheter viagra en ligne au canada singulair gУЉnУЉrique pas aussi efficace acheter kamagra bangkok topamax 50 mg par kilo verdirirmi viagra professional canada zoloft prix philippines est 1000mg de depakote trop max mg de zoloft ce n'zocor 40 mg ressembler prix premarin crУЈme combien est de 300 mg de benadryl wellbutrin xl 150 mg zararlarФБ zyban inde prix antabuse pharmacie en ligne erythromycin pilules acnУЉ examens apo-minocycline 100mg minocycline hcl lipitor У 80 mg par jour voltaren 75 mg injections revue de viagra gУЉnУЉrique acheter inderal la 80 mg propranolol sintaser 10 mg canadian generic viagra en pharmacie singulair 4 mg pret est-il une forme gУЉnУЉrique de norvasc comment prendre diflucan 50 mg la force de prescription zyrtec mg maisons У vendre artane rosemount commander viagra en ligne en toute sУЉcuritУЉ sans ordonnance, alternative pour synthroid crestor 20 mg effets secondaires venlor 300 mg effets secondaires acheter bupropion inde claritin pilules d viagra prix au qatar prilosec gУЉnУЉrique d'image nolvadex liquide pour la vente levitra 0,5 mg actos gУЉnУЉrique date de sortie prix de clomid en mercure de la drogue olanzapine pour les troubles de l'alimentation combien de mg de benadryl dois-je donner У mon chien zoloft 25 mg pour la dУЉpression zoloft ordonnance au canada le sevrage zoloft 25 mg prometrium prix У comparer singulair augmentation de prix la clindamycine mousse gУЉnУЉrique nom gУЉnУЉrique de zyprexa acheter viagra royaume-uni en ligne paypal acheter viagra gel en ligne le mУЉthotrexate pch 10 mg les jumeaux sur clomid 100mg pouvez-vous obtenir haut de zoloft 50 mg quels pays pouvez-vous acheter viagra sur le comptoir ventolin hfa 90 mcg coУЛt prix de nexium 40 mg en afrique du sud amitriptyline hcl 10mg ibs lisinopril 10 mg, comprimУЉs effets secondaires meilleur prix pour gУЉnУЉrique lipitor priligy gУЉnУЉrique dapoxetine 60mg zocor 40 mg effets secondaires 60 mg propranolol effets secondaires effets secondaires de periactin pilules diclofenac sodium 50 mg d'ibuprofУЈne et d' gУЉnУЉrique finasteride 1mg acheter meilleurs prix pour prevacid provera 10 mg 12 jours est de 25 mg de viagra assez benadryl sirop contre la toux en inde prix 100 mg de prometrium jour au lendemain viagra expУЉdition 20 mg de prednisone pour une bronchite coУЛt de neurontin 100mg acheter cialis en provenance du mexique metoprolol tarte film-ctd 100 mg topamax remise de cartes oУЙ u peut acheter finasteride oУЙ puis-je acheter voltaren gel pouvez-vous obtenir haut sur fluoxetine 10 mg prix du viagra chez tesco nome do remedio generico viagra ne quelles sont baclofen 10mg comprimУЉs pour carte de rУЉduction pour le viagra oУЙ pouvez-vous acheter diflucan sur le comptoir le meilleur moment de la journУЉe pour prendre abilify 2mg gУЉnУЉrique cialis pour la vente au canada obtenir viagra prescription en ligne seroquel xr 400 mg retarder tabletta singulair gУЉnУЉrique exclusivitУЉ 50 mg viagra prix la rosuvastatine coУЛt-efficacitУЉ provera 10 mg de dУЉlai quel est le gУЉnУЉrique tegretol pas cher gУЉnУЉrique de viagra au canada gУЉnУЉrique zyrtec en vente chlorhydrate de clonidine 100mg utilise ace pilules de rУЉgime et le zoloft coУЛt du abilify par mois quand est-viagra devenir gУЉnУЉrique viagra gУЉnУЉrique en provenance du mexique advair coУЛt de la croix bleue ranitidine sirop de coУЛt clomid pour la vente philippines coУЛt d'aricept en inde puis-je acheter prilosec sur le comptoir accutane prix canada glucophage xr 500 generico clindamycin hcl 300 mg infection У levures aciclovir mylan 200 mg clomid 50 mg tous les deux jours ranitidine sur le comptoir au canada cialis 20 mg 8 tablette fiyatФБ coУЛt de provera en inde pouvez-vous lУЉgalement acheter viagra au royaume-uni acheter lasix 500 mg abilify 10 mg comprimУЉ para quУЉ servir o allegra 180 mg diflucan 200 mg posologia lopressor 50 mg bid nom gУЉnУЉrique glucovance voveran 50 mg utilise clomid 50mg posologie neurontin 100 mg tablette coУЛt de cephalexin 500mg gУЉnУЉrique aldara 5 crУЈme gУЉnУЉrique zyrtec chez walmart pouvez-vous acheter viagra У chypre de confiance viagra gУЉnУЉrique sites ce n'20 mg lexapro ressembler gУЉnУЉrique fosamax plus d un csr servir prometrium 200 mg comprimУЉs viagra 100mg x 4 voltaren diclofenac 25 mg xenical generico valor aciclovir pomada mg achat celebrex en provenance du mexique celebrex prescription assistance qu'est-ce que le mУЉdicament gУЉnУЉrique pour zofran 5 mg cialis dosage gУЉnУЉrique propecia canada pharmacie gУЉnУЉrique du cialis 5mg sur prescription du mУЉdecin pour le propecia tegretol canada zyprexa 5 mg im costco prilosec otc coУЛt clomid altera la temperatura basale diffУЉrence entre prilosec et gУЉnУЉrique omeprazole componentes del aciclovir 800 mg l'УЉrythromycine see 400 mg tab diltiazem sa 120 mg nexium 20 prix topamax comprimУЉs dosУЉs У 25 mg effets secondaires nizoral shampooing prix mercure de la drogue xeloda gУЉnУЉrique coУЛt biaxin xl 500mg wikipУЉdia combien coУЛte ciprofloxacin 500 mg coУЛt metoprolol 50 mg coУЛt de walmart ordonnance viagra coupons le cialis pills У vendre royaume-uni erythromycin 250 mg comprimУЉs clomid acheter en ligne У bas prix mУЉdicaments gУЉnУЉriques pour vytorin 10/20 acheter У bas prix en ligne viagra pharmacie canadienne abilify achat en ligne risperdal gУЉnУЉrique autorisУЉ 2,5 mg paxil nexium carte de rУЉduction philippines cymbalta 30 mg capsule celebrex poursuites au canada fluoxetine 20 mg sandoz advair gУЉnУЉrique date de sortie wellbutrin et le trouble panique pharmacie boots uk viagra gУЉnУЉrique vs marque de lexapro strattera coУЛt mensuel est-il un gУЉnУЉrique du viagra aux etats-unis image de gУЉnУЉrique valtrex de commutation pour cymbalta gУЉnУЉrique doxycycline 100 mg comprimУЉ oral topamax le trouble bipolaire precio celebrex celecoxib 100 mg motrin 600 mg sur le comptoir gУЉnУЉrique claritin croquer zyprexa ordre metoprolol atid 50 mg diovan hct gУЉnУЉrique acheter viagra danmark les comprimУЉs de viagra gУЉnУЉrique combien de pilules viennent dans une ordonnance viagra altace 10 mg prix est-il un gУЉnУЉrique pour diltiazem hcl puis-je prendre cialis 20mg tous les jours d'acУЉtonide de triamcinolone cream nom gУЉnУЉrique seroquel 25 mg le diabУЈte metoprolol mylan 50 mg bivirkninger digoxin comparer les prix zithromax gУЉnУЉrique vs lipitor 10mg prix au royaume-uni tablette ciprofloxacin 500mg achat doxycycline monohydrate est tamsulosine gУЉnУЉrique pour flomax deuxiУЈme tour de clomid 50mg bula do remedio crestor 10mg zyvox gУЉnУЉrique date ce est remeron 15 mg utilisУЉ pour 100 У 150 mg de zoloft posologie de clomid 50mg risperdal trouble borderline la promУЉthazine w/codУЉine vc canada arimidex prix au pakistan acheter gУЉnУЉrique lexapro escitalopram qu'est-ce que l'utilisation de cephalexin 250 mg trileptal trouble bipolaire dosage acheter wellbutrin en ligne canada qu'est-ce que le depakote 250 mg utilisУЉ pour levitra prix de dУЉtail le chlorhydrate de tУЉtracycline pour la vente cialis prix en irlande acheter viagra adelaide prix le plus bas gУЉnУЉrique lipitor la force de prescription motrin dose ne propecia pilules travail 80 mg de lisinopril ce qui est chlorhydrate de bupropion xl 150 mg utilisУЉ pour finasteride 1 mg marcas dilantin photos de pilules doxycycline 100mg dosage pour la chlamydia 60 mg tamoxifen synthroid en canada aldara pharmacie en ligne qu'est-ce que cipro xl 1000 mg utilisУЉ pour costco prix en pharmacie advair qu'est-ce que tamoxifen 10 mg tofranil acheter cymbalta 60 mg nota 4 voltaren sr 75mg qu'est-ce que furosemide 80 mg utilisУЉ pour acheter cialis canadien de la pharmacie est gУЉnУЉrique cymbalta le mУЊme phenergan suppositoires 12,5 mg
Home Pete Toms LWIB: Politics of Stadium Development, MLB Network, Tidbits

Like Shoot to Thrill - An AC/DC Tribute on Facebook!

An authentic tribute of AC/DC that covers the best of the Bon Scott era and the best of Brian Johnson's material

Who's Online?

We have 269 guests online

Atom RSS

LWIB: Politics of Stadium Development, MLB Network, Tidbits PDF Print E-mail
User Rating: / 0
PoorBest 
Pete Toms Article Archive
Written by Pete Toms   
Tuesday, 07 December 2010 13:40

Last Week in Bizball by Pete Toms

This week in “Last Week in BizBall”, a slew of reports on the politics of baseball stadium developments, MLB Network hopes to increase distribution, plus tidbits.

UPDATE ON THE POLITICS OF STADIUM DEVELOPMENT

Over the decades, citizens and media have become increasingly cynical about the merits of spending public dollars on constructing stadia for professional sports franchises. Professional baseball (MLB, MiLB and independent baseball) typically fares better than the other of the “big 4” when requesting public funds due to their greater number of games played. (ie. The ostensible economic spin offs are greater) More recently, public funding for stadia is more difficult to acquire, due to a combination of bust municipalities and a general awareness that many of these projects have failed to live up to their promises. In response, local stadium advocates (franchise owners, construction industry, construction unions, politicians) have become more sophisticated in their approach to securing public dollars. Local stadium authorities issue tax-exempt bonds to raise financing for construction, in turn the tenant (team) makes Payments in Lieu of Taxes back to the authority (aka PILOTS). Stadiums/arenas are constructed in “entertainment districts” where future tax revenues are used to pay off the construction bill (aka Tax Increment Financing or TIF). Team owners are awarded “development rights” in the entertainment district surrounding the stadium/arena. Some combination of county and/or state amusement taxes, plus taxes on car rentals and hotel rooms are used to pay off construction. Politicians often justify such public expenditures as key to the success of “stadium centred” urban renewal projects in blighted neighbourhoods.

LWIB saw a spate of reports from a handful of different communities on the state of past, present and future ballpark developments. The most high profile was the public spat between anti-stadium advocates in St. Louis and the Cardinals over monies that may, or may not, be owed the local government. David Hunn of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported:

Eight years ago, as the St. Louis Cardinals aimed to build a new baseball stadium, team owners signed an agreement with the city worth millions of dollars a year in tax breaks.

In exchange, the team agreed to a series of annual perks for the region's residents — 100,000 free tickets, 486,000 seats for under $12 and $100,000 in donations to recreation for disadvantaged youths.

The Cardinals also agreed to give the city a cut of profits made if any portion of the team was sold.

Then, last year, owners sold a sizeable chunk of the Cardinals — more than 13 percent. Now, a group of anti-public-stadium advocates is alleging that the team owes the city hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The big news to me was that Bill DeWitt III. had sold some of his stake in the Cards, I’d like to know what it fetched. As for the dispute over whether the Cards owe the city any of the proceeds from the sale, you can read yourself, but it seems to boil down to accounting. See Brian Borawski, The Sports Economist and Neil deMause for more.

There was plenty of news LWIB around future ballpark developments in MLB. Much of the aforementioned scepticism around the benefits of public investment in stadia to house pro sports has resulted from decades of criticism from “The Sports Economists”. Almost unanimously, this group of academics has long and consistently argued against this sort of public investment. However, LWIB one of their brethren, Stephen J.K. Walters, argued in the Chicago Tribune that the Cubs proposal to use future growth in amusement taxes generated at a renovated Wrigley Field to pay for said renovation, is a good plan. (HT Ed Sherman) Later in the week, the Cubs proposal died in the Illinois General Assembly. Not to worry, the Assembly reconvenes in January and already there is talk in the media of a Wrigley entertainment district and TIF and…you know the drill. Back to St. Louis, LWIB Cardinals President Bill DeWitt III announced that construction of the Cardinals long delayed “Ballpark Village” development adjacent to Busch Stadium might soon begin. Mr. DeWitt and his development partner Cordish Co. have begun the process of applying for tax breaks from the local government before the development proceeds. The Cards Ballpark Village has been delayed for years due to the downward economy. Similar planned projects in Arlington and Fremont CA. have been abandoned. Conversely, the San Diego Padres leveraging of Petco Park to launch a mixed use development in the area around the stadium was a huge success. The politics of ballpark developments also include Spring Training. Glendale AZ invested $200 million in the Camelback Ranch Spring Training home of the White Sox and Dodgers. LWIB, The Arizona Republic reported that a proposed mixed use development associated with Camelback Ranch has cratered. (HT Ballpark Digest) Glendale had planned that future tax revenues from the, now failed, development would help pay off their investment in the baseball facility.

Lastly, there was news LWIB concerning a potential new MLB stadium. San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed announced he is backing away from a plan to have a referendum in March on a stadium proposal for the A’s. Evidently the plan is still to hold a referendum, but it won’t be until at least April, probably longer. San Jose must wait for the A’s relocation politics within MLB to play out before going any further.

SELECT READ MORE TO SEE DETAILS ON MLB NETWORK, AND THIS WEEK'S TIDBITS


MLB NETWORK

In January 09, MLB Network launched in approximately 50 million homes, a record number for a new channel. Presently, MLB Network is in approximately 56 million homes. By comparison, ESPN is in about 100 million, Versus 75 million and NFL Network 57 million. LWIB, MLBN CEO Tony Petitti told Reuters that he hopes to cut deals with Dish Network and AT&T which will result in his channel increasing its distribution to 70 million homes for next season. Petitti also says that ad sales for his channel will be up more than 20 percent this year. As well, Mr. Petitti declares that MLB is soon to recoup their original investment in launching the channel. "We'll have the ability to make distributions in 2011," Petitti said. "That's really up to the commissioner's office as to what form those take and when and what they want to do with that money." In a separate Reuters report Mr. Petitti acknowledges the possibility of …adding exclusive content, including games…to the channel after MLB’s current broadcast deals expire following the 13 season. The first Reuters report also tells us that according to MLBAM head honcho Bob Bowman, BAM is growing at 15 to 20% annually. As for the long rumoured IPO of MLBAM, Mr. Bowman said there are no plans for that. Recently I commented that according to the “leaked financial docs”, clubs were receiving an annual dividend from BAM of $2 million ea., a relatively small amount in a $7 billion a year industry. Said Mr. Bowman to Reuters, "As to the right dividend policy ... there's a real push and pull as to how much," he said. "You can probably remit higher dividends, but you're investing in your business and creating an asset." (HT Fang’s Bites)

TIDBITS

  • Details from the Texas Ranges bankruptcy continue to emerge. LWIB, Barry Shlachter reported on the millions of dollars in lawyers fees that have been requested from the presiding judge. At the end of the report we learn that, only recently, did the eventual owners of the franchise abandon a claim of upwards of $100 million from the former owners.

Earlier in the week, Greenberg-Ryan's Ranger Baseball Express agreed to drop its own claim for upward of $100 million for alleged breach of contract against the former ownership, according to attorneys involved in the case.

Two attorneys following the case noted that the claim was dropped before Greenberg was to be deposed.

AND

Before the World Series, Express surprised other parties in the case, and apparently the court itself, by demanding back anything above the $495 million it had agreed to pay in a sales agreement that was part of the May 24 bankruptcy restructuring plan. The plan ultimately was replaced by the Aug. 4 auction.

Had that request succeeded, Greenberg-Ryan could have ended up paying much less than Cuban and Crane's bid for the team. But that in turn could have sparked legal action from Cuban and Crane. (Note, the bankruptcy auction yielded a sale price of $593 million)

  • At Forbes, LWIB Wayne McDonnell argued strongly in favour of “floating realignment”.
  • The annual Rule 5 draft will happen this week. Star players Josh Hamilton, Jose Bautista and Joakim Soria are all former Rule 5 picks. But the Rule 5 draft doesn’t yield the same quality of talent that it did before MLB changed the rules prior to the 06 draft. Read Matt Eddy at Baseball America to understand why. And to understand the rules governing the Rule 5 draft, read Darren Heitner.
  • Reuters reported that the New York Times continues to search for a buyer for its 16.6% stake in New England Sports Ventures, aka the Boston Red Sox. (HT TicketNews.com)
  • Former MLB commissioner Fay Vincent argued in the Wall Street Journal that star free agent players should negotiate for a stake in the team they sign with. It’s all about taxes. And before you say it’s against the rules, Mr. Vincent tells us, Under the current labor agreement in baseball, there is nothing that prohibits a player from owning a part of his team, but the ownership interest must be sold if the player leaves that team for another.” (HT Don Walker)

Pete Toms is senior writer for the Business of Sports Network, most notably, The Biz of Baseball. He looks forward to your comments and can be contacted through The Biz of Baseball.

Follow The Biz of Baseball on Twitter Twitter

FacebookFollow the Business of Sports Network on Facebook

 
 
Banner

Poll

Should MLB Force Jeffery Loria to Sell the Marlins?