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Today: Maury Brown on XM 175 - 12:25pm ET
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Monday, 18 June 2007 04:13

Maury BrownMaury Brown will be on XM 175's Fantasy Focus with Jeff Erickson, today at 12:25pm ET.

Topics will be the appellate hearing regarding the Fantasy Stats case, Jason Giambi's dilemma over whether to speak to the Mitchell investigation, and more.

For more on the Fantasy Stats case, select the following content on The Biz of Baseball:

Maury Brown is the founder and president of The Business of Sports Network, which includes The Biz of Baseball and The Biz of Football (full launch coming in July). He is a contributor to Baseball Prospectus, and can be contacted here.

 
Maury Brown on XM 175 - Monday, 12:25pm ET
Written by The Staff   
Saturday, 16 June 2007 02:25

Maury BrownMaury Brown will be on XM 175's Fantasy Focus with Jeff Erickson, Monday at 12:25pm ET.

Topics will be the appellate hearing regarding the Fantasy Stats case, Jason Giambi's dilemma over whether to speak to the Mitchell investigation, and more.

For more on the Fantasy Stats case, select the following content on The Biz of Baseball:

Maury Brown is the founder and president of The Business of Sports Network, which includes The Biz of Baseball and The Biz of Football (full launch coming in July). He is a contributor to Baseball Prospectus, and can be contacted here.

 

 
BSN Update: The Biz of Football Moves Closer to Launch
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Written by Maury Brown   
Wednesday, 13 June 2007 07:30

New Cowboys Stadium

The Biz of Baseball is part of the Business of Sports Network. We offer this update on the latest addition to BSN ...

 
For those interested, The Biz of Football is starting to take form.

Currently, all information regarding the latest NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement is in place, as are high resolution computer renderings from HKS Inc and HOK Sport for the following stadiums being developed:

Full site launch is slated for next month, and new content is being developed often.

If you are a fan of the NFL, AFL, or NCAA Football, and are interested in blogging on The Biz of Football, please go to the contact page on the site and let us know. We will be looking to fill several positions shortly.

The Biz of Football is part of the Business of Sports Network, as is The Biz of Baseball and Maury Brown’s Biz of Sports.

 
New Content - Salary - 1896 - 2004
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Written by Maury Brown   
Saturday, 02 June 2007 07:21

The Biz of BaseballThe Biz of Baseball is honored to make a treasure trove of salary data available for research...

By registering on The Biz of Baseball, and logging in, a new Members Only - Data section has been added. 

When accessing this new area, data in the form of spreadsheets will be made available.

We start today with data that should have long ago been published. Salary data from 1896 - 2004 that had been researched by the late Doug Pappas is available for use. This incredible spreadsheet holds tens of thousands of rows of data.

DISCLAIMER: Any republication of data within the spreadsheet must ALWAYS be attributed to Doug Pappas. Be aware that while the source of the data is listed within the spreadsheet, it is suggested that researchers re-validate it for accuracy.

Remember... to access this, and other spreadsheet data added in the future, you MUST be registered and logged into The Biz of Baseball to access it. The Members Only - Data navigation link in the sidebar of the site will not be visible unless registered and logged in.

Note: Registering on The Biz of Baseball adds you to our email list for periodic updates to new content on the site.

 
BofA Donates $300,000 to Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
Written by The Staff   
Wednesday, 30 May 2007 04:13

Negro Leagues Baseball MuseumThe Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM) announced today that the Bank of America Charitable Foundation has donated $300,000, one of the largest corporate contributions given to the museum in recent years, to support a three-year national Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) tour of the museum's acclaimed traveling Negro Leagues history exhibition, "Discover Greatness".

"As the official Bank of Major League Baseball, Bank of America is honored to provide thousands of people across the country the opportunity to learn, and hopefully gain a greater appreciation, of the contributions of African- Americans to the game of baseball and its impact on America," said Spence Heddens, Kansas City market president for Bank of America. "By teaming up with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, we're giving more people the chance to experience a compelling piece of history and reconnecting Historically Black Colleges and Universities to an era they played a major role in shaping."

"We are thrilled to partner with Bank of America on this exciting and historic tour that we believe will open eyes and minds to one of the great chapters in American history," said Bob Kendrick, NLBM marketing director. "It is important that the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum reestablish the connection between the Negro Leagues and Historically Black Colleges and Universities. We believe this tour will not only validate the caliber of athlete that played in the Negro Leagues but will educate and serve as a source of pride and inspiration for students attending those schools."

The partnership will also make the exhibition available to African- American Museums in collaboration with the NLBM to support audience development. In March, the exhibition was hosted by the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee in conjunction with the inaugural Civil Rights Game developed by Major League Baseball(R). The exhibition will open in Baltimore, Maryland at the Great Blacks in Wax Museum from June 1 through July 14.

Additional locations are:

  • National Center for Civil Rights Study and African American Culture - Alabama State University - Montgomery, Alabama - July 26 - September 23
  • Florida Memorial University - Miami Garden, Florida - October 5 - November 17

For more on the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, MO, visit http://www.nlbm.com.
 
Bloggers Wanted! Business of Sports Network
Written by Maury Brown   
Monday, 28 May 2007 14:41

Business of Sports Network

If you're a blogger and interested in sports business, we want you!

 After the successful launch of The Biz of Baseball , we will be launching like websites for the following

  • Football (NFL, Arena, and NCAA)
  • Basketball (NBA, D-League, NCAA)
  • Hockey (NHL, and minor leagues)
  • Soccer (MLS, European League)
  • Auto Racing (NASCAR, IRL, F1, Champ Car,  AMLS, etc.)

If you have an interest in any of these sports and would like to be part of the Business of Sports Network , visit http://www.businessofsportsnetwork.com/ for more details and contact information.

 
Upper Deck Offers $425 Million for Topps
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Friday, 25 May 2007 07:09

ToppsYesterday, the The Topps Company, Inc. announced that it had received an unsolicited indication of interest from The Upper Deck Company to acquire Topps for a price of $10.75 per share. Topps had previously received an indication of interest for the same amount from Upper Deck as part of the Company's "go shop" process under its existing merger agreement with a The Tornante Company LLC, a group led by former Disney CEO Michael Eisner, and Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC.  

The offer from Upper Deck for Topps would translate to $425 million and ostensibly create a monopoly by merging the two in the baseball trading card industry.

Since the previous indication of interest from Tornante and Madison Dearborn Partners was not pursued by the Topps Board of Directors for what Topps said was “a substantial number of reasons, including the absence of any information as to whether Upper Deck would be capable of financing its proposed acquisition,” Topps has said that the risk of that transaction would not be consummated due to the failure to obtain the necessary regulatory approvals, Upper Deck's unwillingness to assume sufficient risk as to the occurrence of such a failure, Upper Deck's insistence on limiting its liability in the event of its breach of a definitive agreement and certain other issues identified in its indication of interest.

Upper Deck spokesman Don Williams said, "We're in very early and very preliminary talks to acquire Topps."

 
Today on BP: Remembering Doug Pappas
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Written by Maury Brown   
Monday, 21 May 2007 05:03

Doug PappasToday is a sad day for many of us as it marks the three-year anniversary of Doug Pappas' untimely passing. For those that do not know who Doug Pappas was, pick up Moneyball and you'll quickly find out. He was the founder of SABR's Business of Baseball committee and an author for Baseball Prospectus.

For those that do remember Doug, he was by nearly every accounting extraordinary. He churned out volumes of research, much to the chagrin of Bud Selig, who Doug often took to task.

He is missed by many, and myself and others know that we are not Doug as he was an original. Our talents are different, but that does not mean we should forget his.

Baseball Prospectus has made the article free for viewing (no subscription required). I hope you will take some time to read:

Remembering Doug Pappas: 1962-2004

 
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