It's been one heck of a great ride over the last year...
What started off as an extension of SABR's business of baseball website, turned into something far bigger. What started as Interviews, Documents, and Articles, ballooned into a news resource for MLB, MiLB, and Independent League baseball. We starting tracking those in violation of MLB's Drug Policy. We added the 2007 Post-Season Broadcast Schedule, and much more.
The Biz of Baseball became a key resource for those focused on the the media, especially the negotiations around MLB Extra Innings and the upcoming The MLB Channel, which includes a list of the carriers that will have The MLB Channel when it launches in 2009. We added Manager Salaries, a list of all foreign born players, a list of the alcohol policies for all clubhouses, and a current list of all owners in MLB.
That was just a handful of additions to The Biz of Baseball over the course of the year.
All of that has transpired did not come without assistance, coverage in the media, and those that were willing to be interviewed to add insight into baseball off the diamond.
Below is a list of those that have helped us over the last year, the biggest of which is you, the reader of the site. Without you, there would have been no incentive to grow. No incentive to create the Business of Sports Network. To you, I give my undying thanks and well wishes.
All of this could not have been done without the support of my family: My wife, and business partner, Glenna, as well as my sons Tyler and Travis.
Extra Special Thanks - Bill Jordan, Mike Elsen, Todd Radom, Kurt Hunzeker, Jordan Kobritz, John Thorn, Tim Lemke, Brent Gambill, Rob Neyer, Chris Isidore, Devon Teeple, Jeff Euston, Will Carroll, and Sports Management Worldwide.
Special thanks to...
Mark Allen, Jeff Angus, AOL Fanhouse, Chuck Armstrong, Doug Atterbury, Jim Baker, Ballbug, Ballhype, Ballpark Guys, Baseball Musings, Baseball Prospectus, Baseball Think Factory, Buzzie Bavasi, Peter Bavasi, Billy Beane, Ken Belson, Alex Belth, Brian Berger, Jennifer Marie Blanchard, BlogBurst Network, Howard Bloom, Lawrence Boes, Dean Bonham, Brian Borawski, Boston Red Sox, Greg Bouris, J.C. Bradbury, John Brattain, Eamonn Brennan, Ryan Brodeur, Patrick Brogan, Glenna, Tyler and Travis Brown, Dan Budreika, Bugs and Cranks, Rich Burk, Jack Cain, Kelly Calvert, Will Carroll, Blair Cash, Matt Cerrone, Tim Chamberlin, Steven Chang, Steven Charnick, Fred Claire, Devin Clancy, Coast to Coast Tickets, Bobby Corser, Jerry Crasnick, Neil DeMause, Jerry Differding, Door Number 3, Rachel Dornhelm, Jim Duquette, Mike Elsen, Jeff Erikson, Jeff Euston, Fenway Sports Group, Eric Fisher, Sean Foreman, Rod Fort, Dan Fox, Meyer Freeman, Jim Furtado, Carter Gaddis, Gameday Yuda, Brent Gambill, Jim Gates, Andy Gefen, Vince Gennaro, Darren Gersh, Andy Giegerich, Bill Gilbert, Dennis Glasgow, Beverly Goldstein, Tom Gorman, Bill Gould, Diane Grassi, Sean Gregory, Donna Guillaume, James Guinn, Jason Gunery, Erin Gurney, Peter Handrinosm, Hardball Times, Doug Harris, Louis Hau, John Heer, HKS Architecture, HOK Sport, Kurt Hunzeker, Chris Isidore, Jay Jaffe, Joliet Jake, Bill James, Brian Jaquet, Dwight Jaynes, Bill Jordan, Jamie Junco, David Kahn, Christina Kahrl, Stan Kasten, King Kaufmann, Bill Kent, Jonah Keri, Keystone Staffing, KFXX The Fan, Jason Klein, Jordan Kobritz , Chuck Korr, Mark Lamster, Shawn Langlois, Dave Lanham, Art Larrance, Liz Lashbrook, Lynn Lashbrook, Rich Lederer, Katie Leighton, Tim Lemke, Gina Leo, Josh Levin, Edgar Lin, Steve Lyons, Norman Macht, Drew Mahalic, Tim Marchman, Janet Marie-Smith, Wayne McDonnell, Brett McGinness, Chris Metz, Marvin Miller, Brian Milner, MLB Home Plate XM 175, Dick Moss, Rhamesis Muncada, Rob Neyer, Roger Noll, Bill Nowlin, Oakland A's, Lisa O'Neill, Oregon Web Team, Carolyn Pappas, Brian Parrot, Jeff Passan, Merritt Paulson, Greg Pawson, Johnny Pesky, Vince Pesky, David Pinto, Plan B. Branding, Bob Plapinger, Todd Radom, Branch Rickey III, Alex Riethmiller, Issac Ropp, Ken Rosenthal, Rotohog, Darren Rovell, Joe Rutter, Terry Ryan, Christopher Sahl, Anthony Salazar, Kevin Saldana, Curt Schilling, Mark Shapiro, Warren Shapiro, Joe Sheehan, Nate Silver, Michael Silverman, SlingMedia, Mark Smith, Tal Smith, Sons of Sam Horn, South Coast League, Sports Business Radio, SportsBiz Broadcasting, Sports Management Worldwide, Jayson Stark, John Steigerwald, Charley Steiner, Dave Studenmund, Paul Swangard, Paul Swyadan, Jason Swygard, Tom Tango, Devon Teeple, John Thorn, Ticket King, Ticket Solutions, Bob Timmerman, Joe Touchstone, USA Today, Vivid Seats, Darren Viola, Don Walker, Kyle Wang, Jon Weisman, Paul White, Charlie Wiegert, Tim Wiles, Lewis Wolff, David Wu, Farhan Zaidi, Andrew Zimbalist.
Once again, thanks. I'm always interested in hearing what you think would make The Biz of Baseball better. As always, your comments and questions are welcome, and I can be contacted here.
As part of the anniversary celebration, look for an interview with Rob Neyer later today.
All the best,
Founder and President
Business of Sports Network
Maury Brown is the founder and president of the Business of Sports Network, which includes The Biz of Baseball, The Biz of Football and The Biz of Basketball (The Biz of Hockey will be launching shortly). He is also a contributor to Baseball Prospectus.
He looks forward to your comments via email and can be contacted here.