how to redeem icici credit card reward points online is discover a good first credit card credit card with no credit history paypal virtual credit card generator can you get cashback with a capital one credit card secured credit cards with no annual fees 12 months interest free credit cards australia companies that reduce credit card debt citi student visa credit card login mbna credit card services ireland paypal instant credit card number bank of america credit card 0 interest balance transfer chase visa debit card online secured credit cards uk credit card 0 interest for 24 months canada household bank credit card sign in balance transfer calculator easy to get credit cards australia payday loans like speedy cash rebuild credit cards no deposit 3d secure credit card transactions is it bad for your credit rating to cancel a credit card secret history of the credit card wiki what if i can;t pay advance america getting a chip and pin credit card in the us australian credit card comparisons mastercard prepaid credit card uk park hyatt credit card authorization form most secure credit card companies first time credit card holder no credit mbna canada credit card application payday loan no credit check 100 approval what does a black credit card mean hdfc credit card approval process citibank credit card minimum payment percentage regular expression for credit card number validation permohonan credit card bank rakyat coast capital us dollar credit card blank credit card authorization form doc lufthansa miles and more credit card uk how to get a hdfc credit card chase credit card fraud investigation process how to confirm a prepaid credit card on paypal capital one secured credit card contact number credit card processing no monthly fee best gas cards for bad credit citibank credit card insurance travel best card for cash advances on credit cards credit cards with low interest rates and no fees credit card comparison average credit card debt per person anz credit card balance transfer form starbucks gold card benefits credit cards for low income earners philippines credit cards 0 interest abroad discover credit card company complaints citibank secured credit card visa new york and company credit card payment address apply for barclays credit card online india major credit cards in canada credit card number font style 0 credit card offers how to catch online credit card fraud bank of america travel credit card best unsecured bad credit cards apply for a credit card with poor credit rating example nandos black card best canadian reward credit cards 2011 cash advance lenders online only what do you need to sign up for a credit card hdfc corporate credit card email id paypal wireless credit card machine first cash advance midland tx bad credit mortgage 2013 best credit cards to rebuild credit score 12 month payday loan bad credit credit card validator free download joint credit card application canada iphone credit card charger which credit card should i get to build credit household credit card debt australia best cashback credit card canada 2013 can i balance transfer my overdraft to a credit card household bank credit card payments online chase slate request credit limit increase walmart credit card visa top travel rewards credit cards 2012 how to get your first credit card 2012 credit card deals bonus points axis bank new credit card apply college student credit cards no credit history secured credit card to build credit history interest free balance transfer credit card uae capital one credit card report lost uk payday advance direct lenders guaranteed cash loans now best credit card apps for iphone accept credit card payments app corporate credit cards definition direct cash advance lenders online sbi bank corporate credit card which credit card is best for first time users credit cards deals2buy credit card bad credit no deposit lic axis bank credit cards coast capital credit card application best unsecured credit cards for fair credit website to pay maurices credit card royal bank of scotland india credit cards apply pay tesco credit card online fly thomas cook credit card charges wells fargo credit card rewards free reward cards for stores best buy business credit card do i need a credit card to start an itunes account good credit cards for students real valid visa credit card number credit card information stolen from walmart easy to get online store credit cards navy pcs advance travel pay best credit card deals balance transfers fake uk credit card number for itunes platinum credit card corporation instant decision payday loan direct lender hbc credit card discount best credit card reader app for ipad chase freedom visa credit card phone number american express rewards cards balance premier credit card pay online lloyds tsb airmiles duo premier credit card credit card calculator canada discover credit card student loan credit card application checker do bank of ireland do visa debit cards bank of america student credit card unsecured credit card for bad credit no fees credit cards for bad credit instant approval no deposit credit cards cash back on gas best prepaid credit cards australia speedy cash payday loans online rbs online credit cards total merchant services credit card processing reviews intuit mobile phone credit card processing prepaid reloadable credit cards walmart standard chartered credit card customer care number noida capital one canada credit card login sign up for a visa credit card canada analysis on credit card fraud detection methods ieee base paper credit card machine for iphone cost unsecured visa credit cards fake credit card numbers for paypal best credit cards and why best mobile credit card processing companies top credit card processing services credit score for discover card approval how to accept credit card payments on website how to get visa debit card in philippines hdfc bank master credit card online payment apply for citibank credit card india bank of america credit card protection claim best credit card with bad credit rating best rewards cards for fair credit credit card size calculator uk apply credit cards bad credit pay jcpenney credit card bill citibank platinum credit cards apply for mastercard free credit card application process sears credit card offers velocity rewards credit card comparison payday cash advance lenders best credit card offers 2013 bank of america credit card travel protection payday loans uk online hsbc secured credit card canada citibank aadvantage credit card reviews tesco credit card online balance how to confirm paypal account with credit card student credit cards uk bad credit best reward credit cards for fair credit easy to get unsecured credit cards 2012 get online loan no bank account best australian credit card to use in usa aadvantage credit card uk mbna santander credit card travelling abroad credit report uk mobil gas credit card online ge credit card login nz bank of america credit card login mastercard td visa credit card fees calculate interest paid on credit card debt canada best credit card points first time credit card applications low credit card rate can you transfer credit card balance from one person to another credit card search for bad credit pvr cinemas standard chartered credit card offers td bank prepaid visa card how much does applying for a credit card affect your credit the best credit cards in canada applying for loans with bad credit online check visa prepaid credit card balance credit cards for bad credit instant approval uk td canada credit card processing brand new payday lenders visa credit card student canada credit card debt settlement agreement form types of credit card fraud in india what is the best prepaid credit card for online use best canadian travel credit cards best credit card to get to build credit compare 0 interest rate credit cards is it easy to get a walmart credit card payment address for bank of america credit cards recent credit card frauds in india phone number for chase business credit cards best buy credit card apr is the united credit card a good deal check citibank credit card online statement hdfc credit card address change online how to pay advance income tax online in india visa credit card for bad credit canada best 0 apr credit cards get instant loans online credit card reward points value how to pay off bad credit card debt walmart ge capital credit card address cheapest way to get a credit card machine wells fargo cash advance fee capital one aspire travel world credit card lowest interest credit cards for good credit credit card after bankruptcy discharge australia virgin credit card 0 for existing customers no fax payday loans online instant approval halifax cash back credit card conditions swipe credit card terminal canada what is a no balance transfer fee credit card amscot payday advance faq apply for barclays credit card us capital one secured credit card cash advance american express gold card review westpac credit card charges overseas direct payday lenders no fees best cash rewards visa credit card credit card payoff calculator canada kohls credit card payments hdfc credit card payment online from hdfc debit card best credit card deals for balance transfers and purchases hdfc virtual credit card 0 apr credit card offers balance transfers best buy instant approval credit card mbna canada credit card balance best business credit cards cash rewards online payday loans no credit check instant approval south africa using discover credit card in canada major credit cards accepted in australia hsbc credit card promotions 2012 i need a car loan with bad credit best buy credit cards review credit card applications for bad credit australia student credit card 0 apr quick cash loans online australia cash advance fee instant cash advance online bad credit car loans no credit check hdfc credit card processing charges travel credit card uk credit card number location mastercard getting credit cards after chapter 7 bankruptcy platinum card american express requirements capital one secured credit card user review check status of dillards credit card application sbi credit card login id us airways mastercard bad credit credit cards instant approval uk city bank credit card bill desk makemytrip hdfc credit card offer department store credit cards issued by capital one how to get cash from credit card without cash advance iphone credit card machine with printer sbi personal loan apply online chase apply for credit card by phone small business credit card offers no personal guarantee apple square credit card reader canada how to pick a door lock with a credit card what is the best 0 balance transfer credit card fake credit card information for paypal free black card nandos online payday loan lenders reviews apple credit card payment application valid sample credit card number credit limit increase littlewoods is it illegal to charge for credit card processing fees pre approved vs. pre qualified credit card offers credit card holder wallet ebay credit card bad credit unsecured no deposit issue number on credit card visa barclays chicago cta credit card machines hdfc titanium international credit card review 0 credit card balance transfer no fee no annual fee credit cards canada how to improve credit rating credit card online apply india small bad credit loans uk bank of america credit card settlement forum best no fee travel credit card canada credit card offers usaa credit cards with travel rewards points cash loans online uk choice freedom credit card how much does it cost to use tesco credit card abroad report online credit card fraud how to get a car loan with bad credit and no job prepaid credit card travel money how can i cancel my first premier credit card guaranteed credit cards with instant approval cancel hbc mastercard credit card list of banks that offer credit cards in the philippines kmart sears credit card what is the easiest credit card to get approved for uk aqua credit card contact natwest credit card travelling abroad when will aib issue visa debit cards credit card allocation of payments new law uk credit cards explained for dummies visa credit card services contact does newegg take international credit cards credit card charges abroad natwest can i get a credit card with bad credit and a cosigner credit cards for business with fair credit apple credit card machine for iphone catalogues for bad credit with a credit account halifax credit card cash advance fees credit card compare uae instant cash loans online south africa credit card cash advance fee bank of america sbi credit card statement online o interest credit cards balance transfer best credit cards to have with fair credit credit cards for college students with low apr american airlines credit card login citi small business credit card transaction fees paypal not accepting prepaid credit cards virgin 0 balance transfer credit card apply for tesco credit card online best credit cards for building credit history natwest credit card late payment charges apply for credit card natwest travel reward credit cards comparison direct rewards discover credit card payment is it possible to get a credit card with bad credit australia myer visa credit card application iphone credit card payment hsbc mastercard credit card ppi top rated travel rewards credit card south west trains network gold card credit card fraud detection using hidden markov model algorithm shoppers drug mart credit card mbna natwest gold card travel insurance college student bad credit credit cards how to get an amscot cash advance capital one cash credit card reviews zero balance transfer no fee credit cards get credit card with bad credit rating is it bad for my credit score to cancel a credit card canadian visa credit card natwest credit card fraud claim first premier credit cards online payday lenders news hsbc credit card points redeem india legitimate online payday loan companies how to use facebook credits cards cash advance installment loans for bad credit accept credit cards with paypal card reader hdfc bank credit card payment through sbi debit card best buy credit card login canada personal loans to consolidate credit cards post office platinum credit card application credit card bad credit unsecured top 10 credit card issuers uk online application for credit card rcbc apply for gas credit card for bad credit best air miles rewards credit card canada best travel reward cards 0 interest balance transfer credit cards with no transfer fee hdfc credit cards payment options credit card no credit history no deposit chase credit card rewards center what credit cards does the u s post office accept hsbc best buy mastercard credit card does discover have secured credit cards hsbc credit card payment free credit card numbers generator download 30 000 spg point american express credit card best 0 balance transfer no fee fixed rate credit card definition hsbc credit card points singapore credit limit calculator java code hdfc credit card rate of interest international credit cards no fee credit cards with low interest rates canada sbi bank credit card online application status how to claim back credit card payment protection insurance westpac low interest rate credit card us bank credit card payment can you sign up for netflix free trial without credit card best new credit card offers 2012 best credit cards for students with bad credit student capital one credit card review royalty free credit card logos faxless bad credit payday loans credit cards for fair credit visa how to redeem hsbc credit card points philippines paypal prepaid credit card fees best credit card to get american airline miles easy fast payday loans no faxing redbus offer code for hdfc credit card can i offer my credit card company a settlement black credit card visa limits hsbc online credit card payment sbi credit card customer care number in kolkata discover credit card student credit limit credit card offer opt out website finding best credit card rate axis bank credit card customer care consumer reports best value credit cards payday lenders uk no credit check check status of costco credit card application best no credit credit cards pay credit card online barclays usaa credit card rewards merchandise cash register with barcode scanner and credit card reader visa cards with rewards best credit card travel rewards 2013 best credit card deals 0 on purchases cibc visa debit card problems wireless credit card terminal for small business credit card processing fees tax deductible best platinum credit cards best bank of america cash back credit card can you claim back credit card insurance bank of america credit card 15 month no interest using us chase credit card in canada free credit rating how to get a loan with bad credit uk hsbc online application for credit card anz prepaid visa credit cards interest charge on cash advances us bank good credit cards for building credit cheap rate credit cards uk best new credit card bonus offers credit card fraud insurance companies credit card holder uk hdfc bank credit card application status tracking online hsbc premier credit card minimum payment staples credit card business credit card for no credit score apply for sears mastercard canada credit one bank credit card agreement citibank credit card loan review best zero percent credit cards balance transfers pay barclay credit card payment online home depot credit card services canada 250 cash back credit card argos vanquis credit card login best credit card for purchases platinum card american express airport lounge hsbc orchard bank credit card application best options for paying off credit card debt virgin credit card transfer balance axis bank credit card visa verification mortgage calculator credit card payments free credit card report annual how to get an american express card without credit history prepaid visa gift credit cards best value credit cards 2012 uk best cashback credit card singapore city finance cash loans liverpool what about prepaid travel credit cards and overseas atms credit card fees explained american express black credit card apply for a sunoco gas credit card business credit card offers bank of america credit card business login chase advantage credit card login virgin credit card 0 balance oklahoma statute of limitations on credit card debt cash advance calculator credit card wells fargo secured credit card cash advance fee citibank credit card international transaction fees activate nab visa debit card air miles rewards credit card canada best credit card travel deals citifinancial credit card bill pay best singapore credit card for overseas travel best rewards credit card 2011 australia hdfc credit card payment by cheque india personal loan with bad credit and no job sears canada credit card interest rate cash payday loans no credit check

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 598 guests online

Atom RSS

feed-image Feed Entries
The Biz of Baseball :: Business of Sports Network
SEC Makes Play Clock in College Baseball Here to Stay PDF Print E-mail
User Rating: / 175
NCAA Baseball
Written by Devon Teeple   
Friday, 10 December 2010 08:41

SECIt has been nearly one year since the Biz of Baseball reported on bringing a play clock into college baseball tournaments.

As a quick refresher, the Southeastern Conference, one of the NCAA’s most dominant conferences, suggested a new rule, one that would promote the game of baseball in a way that would arguably benefit the game by speeding it up.

There are two ways you can view this scenario.

The traditionalist will be aghast at such a radical change in the game. A rule or suggestion so far off the beaten path, that the word mockery is putting it nicely.

If you are a new generation of fans, a play clock might deal with some of the problems that have plagued getting games completed in a timely fashion in a society moving at an accelerated pace.

Using personal experience as an example, the game is perfect just the way it is. If you are the casual fan, the one looking for home runs and Playstation like statistics, you want action-packed, high scoring, home run laden contests, all in less than two hours.

Whether the SEC is favouring the latter is up for debate, nonetheless, this change -- this evolution of a rule -- can make the game more enjoyable and television friendly.

The rules are as follows;

The 20-second play clock begins;

  • With no runners are on base
  • A ball is called if the ball is not pitched within 20 seconds
  • A strike is called on the batter, if he is not ready 5 seconds before time expires

The 90-second play clock begins;

  • When the last out is made, and ends when the pitcher begins his windup
  • Batting team is penalized a strike if they are not ready in 90 seconds
  • Fielding team is penalized a ball if they are not ready in 90 seconds
  • Half-inning clock is extended to 105 seconds for televised games
  • Play begins whether the network is ready or not.

A report in USA Today, confirmed that the SEC was the only conference implementing this new strategy when the 2010 tournament began.

Viewing this objectively, a play clock will speed up the game. Previous tournament games eclipsed the three hour mark and did not finish before 1:00 am.

With that said, the NCAA released a statement saying that the play clock will be ruled with an iron fist by the umpires in the SEC, the regular season and on the “Road to Omaha” for the upcoming season.

According to Tim Weiser, deputy commissioner of the Big 12 Conference and chair of the Division I Baseball Committee, these changes will be best enforced “by the umpires at the championships”.

We’ve heard that some conferences are planning to have a visible pitch clock and some aren’t,” Weiser said. “That means umpiring crews in some parts of the country need to be experienced with that clock. That’s why we don’t want to have umpires’ first experiences with the visible clocks be in the championship.”

What once seemed like an experiment has become a reality.

In an age where society wants results as quick as possible, this is the best solution available. If it takes off that is another story, but as history suggests, everything is in need for a change. Better or for worse.

Devon Teeple is a staff member of the Business of Sports Network, which includes The Biz of Baseball, The Biz of Football, The Biz of Basketball and The Biz of Hockey. He is a former professional baseball player with the River City Rascals & Gateway Grizzlies. Devon is a former student within Sports Management Worldwide's Baseball General Manager Class.

He is the founder of The GM's Perspective, is an intern with The Football Outsiders and contributor with the Plymouth River Eels. Currently, Devon is a Branch Manager at a financial institution in Southern Ontario Canada. He can be contacted through the Business of Sports Network.

An Interview with MLB's New Official Historian, John Thorn PDF Print E-mail
User Rating: / 12
The Biz of Baseball - Interviews
Written by Maury Brown   
Sunday, 06 March 2011 22:47

John ThornBefore the explosion of online stats sites like, Baseball Prospectus, or FanGraphs, many went to the local library or plunked down money without thinking about it for Total Baseball, The Official Encyclopedia of Major League Baseball that started its run in 1989, and was (and still is) one of the baseball researcher’s best friends. The publication, which was edited and authored by John Thorn and Pete Palmer, was basically the print version of Baseball-Reference, with essays sprinkled about. Whether BP saw what Total Baseball did, or not, that model continued with them (although, sadly, the back-of-the-book essays have disappeared), and the likes of The Hardball Times.

Palmer, to many, has been the “numbers man” while Thorn the author. He’s penned Treasures of the Baseball Hall of Fame, The Hidden Game of Baseball, The Glory Days: New York Baseball 1947-1957, and The Armchair Book of Baseball along with Baseball in the Garden of Eden: The Secret History of the Early Game set for publication in just a few weeks (March 15, to be exact). His research on the origins of baseball (technically, other stick and ball games from the past) has redefined the subject. While many had believed that baseball originated in the 19th Century, Thorn may well have shown that the game really has its origins in the 18th Century.

I was lucky enough to sit at John’s table in 2006 when he won the Bob Davids Award, SABR’s highest award, and can say that he’s one of the nicest people to ever chronicle the game. He was featured in Ken Burns’ Baseball, Burns’ recent follow-up companion The 10th Inning and he’s been a prominent fixture on MLB Network’s Prime 9 series.

So, when it was announced last week that Thorn has become the Official Baseball Historian for Major League Baseball, it shouldn’t have been a shock. And yet, with the passing of Jerome Holtzman, who served as Official Baseball Historian from 1999 until his passing in 2008 for the league, it was a bit in the making.

Thorn has barely got his feet wet at the new position, but we caught up with him to see what the new gig is all about. MLB, you’re in good hands. – Maury Brown


What’s happening to the Dodgers? Understanding and looking forward PDF Print E-mail
User Rating: / 36
Lance Gurewitz Article Archive
Written by Lance Gurewitz   
Friday, 29 July 2011 08:16

DodgersThe legal war for the Los Angeles Dodgers has officially begun. When the Dodgers filed for bankruptcy on June 27, sparks flew between the public faces of the two sides—Dodgers owner Frank McCourt and MLB Commissioner Bud Selig. McCourt accused Selig of “knowingly and intentionally … [exposing] the Dodgers to financial risk” while Selig declared that the bankruptcy filing “does nothing but inflict further harm to this historic franchise.” How can one make sense of these and the other accusations flying back and forth? Here’s a primer on the past, present, and future of the litigation.

The Background – Proceedings to Date

The Dodgers need money. Unable to meet payroll on June 30, the Dodgers filed for bankruptcy to prevent Major League Baseball from seizing the team. To maintain control of the Dodgers, McCourt must take out a $150-million loan that will let him pay the team’s creditors and submit a business plan that shows how he will maintain the team’s financial stability. McCourt wanted to finance that debt with a loan from hedge fund Highbridge Capital Management instead of the one MLB offered.

The dispute over the Dodger’s financing was the subject of last week’s hearing, which The Biz of Baseball’s Maury Brown detailed here. The two biggest takeaways from those proceedings were that U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kevin Gross is focusing only on the Dodgers’ finances, not their controlling interest, and that the Dodgers must negotiate a loan with MLB, not Highbridge.

Now, McCourt has eight court dates over the next six months to obtain the court’s approval of a plan to reorganize the Dodgers. The first of those hearings will take place on August 16.

What happens now? – August through December

By all accounts, the key to Frank McCourt bringing the Dodgers out of bankruptcy is his attempt to auction off the Dodgers’ future cable television rights. Currently, Fox Sports West is under contract through 2013 and maintains exclusive negotiating rights through 2012. The Dodgers sought to extend that deal, and the two sides agreed in principle to a 17-year extension worth $3 billion by McCourt’s valuation. However, MLB valued the deal only at $1.6 billion, a startling undersell, leading Bud Selig to reject it by the power of the MLB Constitution, which all team owners must ratify. Selig then reprimanded McCourt for sacrificing a wealth of long-term revenue in order to secure an immediate $385 million payment that would have kept the team out of bankruptcy and in McCourt’s control.

Now McCourt must argue that he can legally auction off the television rights to the highest bidder. There is a sequential set of points that he would have to legally prove to achieve this. First, McCourt would have to show that the only way he can make the money to pay the creditors is by selling the TV rights. Then, he would have to show that the exclusive negotiating rights belonging to Fox are null and void due to the Dodgers’ bankruptcy. This would allow McCourt to sell the television rights to the highest bidder, meaning he would have to attract cable giants like Time Warner Cable, DirecTV, and Viacom to compete with Fox. Finally, McCourt would have to actually execute the sale, which MLB would likely still oppose since the deal would favor short-term over long-term benefit. The question at that point would be whether bankruptcy law supersedes the MLB Constitution.

The Future – 2012 and Beyond

The scenario detailed above can best be described as a longshot. There seems to be little reason to believe that bankruptcy law would override either the Fox contract or the MLB Constitution, let alone both. In the event that it does happen, though, McCourt would be able to successfully take the team out of bankruptcy with significant long-term cost.

Even in that case, though, Frank McCourt will not maintain control of the Dodgers for much longer. If he manages to bring the team out of bankruptcy court, he will still have to spar with Jamie McCourt in divorce court. The result of that case is highly predictable. In California, which is known as a community property state, all jointly owned property must be split 50/50 in the event of a divorce. Since the Dodgers cannot be split in half, Frank would have to sell the team and give half of the money from the sale to Jamie, bringing new ownership to the L.A. franchise.

In the more likely scenario, however, McCourt’s attempt to sell the television rights will fail. In that event, since Major League Baseball is financing the Dodgers, the league will have the opportunity to use its own business plan to bring the team out of bankruptcy. This would entail selling the Dodgers, paying off the creditors, and returning the remaining money from the sale to the McCourts. This would be a faster road to a new Dodgers owner, but regardless, time appears to be running out for Frank McCourt.

Even when the Dodgers are sold, though, Frank’s legal war may continue. As this Dodgers organization chart shows, McCourt has created a company—Dodgers Tickets LLC—that sells the tickets but is not a part of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Similarly, McCourt also controls the land surrounding Dodger Stadium separately from the actual team, so he would retain control of it even after a sale of the Dodgers. MLB and the Dodgers’ new ownership will need to engage in some degree of further litigation to resolve these conflicts and prevent McCourt from unduly controlling any part of the Dodgers.

It is no secret that Frank McCourt will cling to convoluted litigation for as long as he can. At the end of the day, though, he will almost certainly be forced out one way or another—either by MLB in bankruptcy court or by Jamie in divorce court. The basic framework of the next several months is now in place. It is now just a matter of time until the lawyers determine which procedure will give the Dodgers franchise a fresh start and a chance to restore its former glory.

Lance Gurewitz is an undergraduate at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2014. He has served as a sales/marketing intern at ESPN 760 AM Radio and as a residential team adviser for the inaugural Wharton Sports Business Academy, a summer program designed to introduce high school students to the business of sports. His primary interest lies in the critical analysis of athletes and their contributions to winning team sports, particularly baseball.

Follow The Biz of Baseball on TwitterTwitter

FacebookFollow the Business of Sports Network on Facebook

Milwaukee Brewers New Partnership Allows Fans to Order Food From Smartphones PDF Print E-mail
User Rating: / 63
Media News (Television, Radio, Internet)
Written by Maury Brown   
Thursday, 24 March 2011 10:22

BrewersGo to a ballgame, and there’s nothing worse than having to leave your seat during the action. Let’s face it, Murphy’s Law comes into play, and the roar you hear from the concourse has to cursing under your breath as you ask yourself, “What’d I miss?”

Standing in line for concessions can certainly have you missing part of, or possibly a whole inning.

Fear not, mobile technology is coming to the rescue.

Case in point, the Milwaukee Brewers announced today that they have partnered with Austin, Texas-based Bypass Lane, who specializes in smartphone apps to allow you to order food and beverages by pre-ordering and paying for your grub right from your seat. The good thing is, Bypass Lane develops for a broad range of devices (iPhone, Android, Blackberry OS6, Dell Mobile, and Palm).

The app allows you to see the menu offerings that are at the concessions stands near your seat, place your order and pay for it using Bypass Lane’s secured payment platform. The nice thing is, you get a text message when your order has been filled and is on the way to being delivered.

The App is available via iTunes App Store on the Bypass Lane website.

They’ve said for years that technology is designed to make life easier. That’s debatable, but being able to order from your seat at the ballgame is a clear win for fans. Now, about that line for the restroom. The day there’s an app for that....


The Labor Battle in the NFL. See for details


Maury BrownMaury Brown is the Founder and President of the Business of Sports Network, which includes The Biz of Baseball, The Biz of Football, The Biz of Basketball and The Biz of Hockey, as well as a contributor to FanGraphs and Forbes SportsMoney. He is available for hire or freelance. Brown's full bio is here. He looks forward to your comments via email and can be contacted through the Business of Sports Network.

Follow Maury Brown on Twitter Twitter

Follow The Biz of Baseball on Twitter Twitter

FacebookFollow the Business of Sports Network on Facebook


Busy Day in Beantown Betrays New Budget Conscious BoSox PDF Print E-mail
User Rating: / 466
Free Agency, Trades, and Signings
Written by Joe Tetreault   
Sunday, 22 January 2012 10:54

Dan Shaughnessy, who long ago did his heel turn, had already blasted the club’s ownership for the penny pinching ways, when Red Sox GM compounded the complaints with a text book salary dump sending designated starting shortstop Marco Scutaro to the Colorado Rockies for righty Clayton Mortensen.

The move perplexes Rob Neyer. And the overall tenor of the offseason has largely upset legions of Red Sox Nation. The acquisition of Andrew Bailey being the primary positive among a sea of head scratchers.

But the tactics are not designed to construct a playoff roster. They are designed to avoid the newly sterner luxury tax penalties as spelled out in MLB’s new collective bargaining agreement. The Biz of Baseball’s Maury Brown touched on this topic when the new CBA was announced in November:

The Competitive Balance Tax (CBT), or as it’s commonly known as the Luxury Tax that has been part of MLB, stopped at the end of the season. It’s back in the new agreement, with some undefined tweaks. In a sign that the players are happy with where the model currently is, the soft cap for the league will see no changes in the threshold from the 2011 season -- $178 million based on end-of-year salaries

The quiet offseasons that both the Red Sox and Yankees have overseen suggest both clubs find the new provisions onerous enough to pull back from their free-spending ways. The Yankees big splash came in two pieces just over a week ago. First they dealt Jesus Montero and Hector Noesi for Michael Pineda and minor leaguer Jose Campos. Then they announced an agreement with Hiroki Kuroda on a one-year contract for the budget conscious price tag of $10 million.

Still, the Red Sox and Yankees both face the prospect of exceeding the tax threshold in 2012. The Yankees certainly will. Boston is working like crazy to prevent that.

Speculation centers around Roy Oswalt. The Red Sox would not have been able to sign the veteran right handed starter, even at his reduced salary demand of one-year and $8 million unless they moved some salary. Thus exits Scutaro.

Among the agida inducing activities Cherrington continues to deal with is the club’s full slate of players facing salary arbitration. And with David Ortiz seeking $16.5 million the Red Sox were looking at an even greater cash crunch.

They settled one of their cases last night, with an announcement sent out minutes after the trade was officially announced. Right-handed reliever Daniel Bard agreed with the team on a one-year deal for the $1.6125 million. The two met int he middle between Bard’s asking price of $1.825 million and the club’s offer of $1.4 million. The contract represents a raise of 219.3% over his 2011 salary. He qualified as a Super Two player.

Bard is a candidate to start for the Red Sox in 2012 after serving as the club’s primary set up for Jonathan Papelbon since joining the team in mid-May of 2009. He and Alfredo Aceves, who is also poised to go to an arbitration hearing, are both looking to shift from the pen to a starting role. Picking up Oswalt would ensure one, if not both, would be back in the bullpen next year.

Joe TetreaultJoe Tetreault is a contributor to the Business of Sports Network, which includes The Biz of Baseball, The Biz of Football, The Biz of Basketball and The Biz of Hockey. He can be contacted here through The Biz of Baseball

Follow Joe Tetreault on Twitter Twitter

Follow The Biz of Baseball on Twitter Twitter

FacebookFollow the Business of Sports Network on Facebook


Page 4 of 1074


Should MLB Force Jeffery Loria to Sell the Marlins?

Joomla extensions by Siteground Hosting