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An Update on the Business of Sports Network
Written by Maury Brown   
Saturday, 24 November 2007 07:54

The Business of Sports NetworkWith 2007 nearing an end, I thought it was time to outline some of the near-term plans for the Business of Sports Network going into 2008. These changes will impact all the sites across the BSN, some more than others.

For one, we will be looking to expand rich content and do more original reporting. In the case of rich content, you can already see Unfiltered with Dennis Miller each week on The Biz of Baseball.

We will be investigating podcasts and more video. If you are involved in media companies that provide sports related content, we may be interested in a partnership with you.

We also will be adding one more site to the initial growth of the Business of Sports Network. Plans are to launch The Biz of Hockey sometime after the beginning of the year.

There is much more in the works. Remember, if you are involved in the business of sports, please make sure and send us your press releases.

We are also interested in forming partnerships. If you are interested in being part of the Business of Sports Network, or are looking for investment opportunities, please contact us.

For more details on plans for this site and the others across the Business of Sports Network, look for a posting on my personal blog entitled:

What’s In Store for the Business of Sports Network


Maury Brown

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 an author for Baseball Prospectus, Basketball Prospectus and is an available writer for other media outlets.

Brown's full bio is here. He looks forward to your comments via email and can be contacted here.

 
Weds. 11am ET- Maury Brown on ESPN2's First Take
Written by The Staff   
Tuesday, 13 November 2007 14:15

ESPNMaury Brown, the President of the Business of Sports Network, and an author for Baseball Prospectus will be on ESPN's First Take at 11am ET/8am PT to talk the free agency landscape.

Tune in and find out if Alex Rodriguez really worth possibly $30 million a year.

Make sure and tune in tomorrow.

First Take airs on ESPN2 and ESPN2HD.

 
Special Email List Created for Sports Business
Written by Maury Brown   
Monday, 12 November 2007 14:04

Business of Sports Network

Are you a member of the media, a member of the front office, or a researcher interested in sports business? You might be interested in joining the Business of Sports Network’s exclusive email group. Get news as it breaks. Interface with others on the list. Get story ideas.

We are accepting a limited number of requests to join.

To do so, send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Please, provide some of your background with your request to join when your automated email confirmation email arrives.


Maury Brown

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 an author for Baseball Prospectus, Basketball Prospectus and is an available writer for other media outlets.

He looks forward to your comments via email and can be contacted here.

 
Upcoming Interview
Written by Maury Brown   
Sunday, 11 November 2007 21:25
Sam Kennedy In a continuation of interviews with those that are making news in the business of sports, the Business of Sports Network will be publishing an interview with Sam Kennedy, the Vice President /Corporate Partnerships for the Boston Red Sox, as well as Senior Vice President/Sales for Fenway Sports Group.

Look for the interview to be published on The Biz of Baseball shortly.

(See the complete list of interviews on the Business of Sports Network)

Kennedy is Senior VP/Corporate Sponsorships for the Red Sox and Executive VP/Sales for Fenway Sports Group. Sam works with President Mike Dee and the FSG sponsorship sales team. Kennedy oversees sponsorships and tickets for the Red Sox. In 2003, he helped conceive and execute the successful sales and marketing plan for the new "Legends Suite" at Fenway Park, the Dugout Seats innovation, and new advertising positions above the Green Monster. In 2004 Kennedy secured a long-term partnership with Anheuser-Busch that was instrumental in the creation of the new Right Field Roof seats at Fenway. In 2005 he was charged with developing the sales and marketing plan for the new club seats at Fenway Park that debuted in 2006. Kennedy also secured long term naming rights deals for the EMC Club and the State Street Pavilion at Fenway Park. He also serves as the Red Sox’s marketing liaison to Major League Baseball.

Check back often on The Biz of Baseball to see the interview with Sam Kennedy. 


Maury Brown

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 an author for Baseball Prospectus, Basketball Prospectus and is an available writer for other media outlets.

He looks forward to your comments via email and can be contacted here.

 
Biz of Baseball Porting to New Hosting Service
Written by Maury Brown   
Friday, 28 September 2007 18:06

Biz of BaseballThe hosting company for The Biz of Baseball suddenly, and without warning, dropped service mid-day Thursday for the site.

We have now migrated over to a new provider as of this notification, and look to have much more stable service.

Thanks for your patience, and apologies for the inconvenience during the outage.

Maury Brown
President
Business of Sports Network

 
Retrosheet-styled Business of Baseball Project Begins
Written by Maury Brown   
Wednesday, 26 September 2007 08:02

Biz of Baseball

It's a constant search... data, that is. When it comes to searching for data that pertains to the financial state of Major League Baseball it can be even more so.

The Biz of Baseball in-box is jammed with questions that pertain to this area. Whether it is members of the media, those in academia, or others, they pour in…

  • Do you have figures for Naming Rights?
  • What are the Opening Day payrolls for the clubs?
  • Do you have revenue-sharing figures for last year?
  • What was the amount on the <insert your favorite team> television deal?

The analysts that work toward this information have always talked of a centralized location for such data… a “Retrosheet for the business of baseball”. Now, we may be on the verge of it.

A new site called Squawking Baseball is starting to pull together a community of researchers that will allow the financial side of baseball to be more readily researched. I will be efforting to get as much data into this new community as possible, and you can too.

There is a call for data that can be viewed here. An open source community is a great thing… especially if you’re working towards understanding the biz of baseball. It’s my hope that The Biz of Baseball and Squawking Baseball can help make that a reality.

Remember... some of this data that will be making its way into the open source research is already available here on The Biz of Baseball... you just have to login to see it.

Data includes (and will be added to nearly daily):

  • All-Time MVP Listing
  • Naming Rights Deals
  • '05-'07 Opening Day Payroll Figures
  • Average Payroll: 1998-2007
  • Historical Signing Bonuses
  • Complete 2007 Draft Result 

Registering on the site and logging in reveals these "Member Only" options within our navigation elements. Registering is free of charge, and no user details are ever published.

Registering also gives you the benefit of getting the periodic updates by email when new content is delivered.

He looks forward to your comments via email and can be contacted here.

 
The Biz of Baseball Celebrates Its One-Year Anniversary
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Written by Maury Brown   
Sunday, 16 September 2007 20:00

The Biz of Baseball turns 1It'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,

Maury Brown
Founder and President
Business of Sports Network


Maury Brown

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.

 
Update: The State of The Biz of Baseball
Written by Maury Brown   
Friday, 07 September 2007 09:04

Biz of Baseball

 

The Biz of Baseball has been hit by some technical issues over the last day. We apologize for the inconveinece as we continue to look through these issues to determine its ultimate cause.

-- Maury Brown
Founder and President - Business of Sports Network

 
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