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SBR: An Interview with Dodgers Owner Frank McCourt PDF Print E-mail
Sports Business Radio
Written by Maury Brown   
Monday, 06 August 2007 11:11

Sports Business RadioIn our continuing work with Sports Business Radio, we wish to highlight an outstanding interview with Dodgers owner, Frank McCourt.

McCourt, the fourth owner of the Dodgers, is seeing incredible attendance this year, with the Dodgers surpassing the 3.5 million mark already (they've also drawn 175 million fans - all time best for an American sports franchise). Also, in what must remind many of the now famous Jimmy Fund with the Red Sox, the McCourts have launched ThinkCure, a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to raising funds for critical cancer research at City of Hope and Childrens Hospital Los Angeles.

Brian Berger of Sports Business Radio talks with McCourt about these topics, as well as McCourt's overall business philosophies, and who McCourt's favorite baseball player is.

Select the following link to access the interview in Podcast, via Sports Business Radio:

The Frank McCourt Interview

 
5 Questions with... Tal Smith of the Astros PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Maury Brown   
Tuesday, 11 September 2007 17:24

Tal SmithOne aspect of The Biz of Baseball that I've always enjoyed doing are the interviews we've published. Of all the feedback we get at the Business of Sports Network, it is the long list of Q&As with those that work in sports business that always garner the most interest with readers.

As we are close to the one-year anniversary of The Biz of Baseball's launch, we thought the idea of adding shorter interviews to the site would be appropriate with a series called, "5 Questions with..."

For our initial installment, we are fortunate to have Tal Smith, the President of Baseball Operations, and currently the Interim General Manager for the Houston Astros (read our extensive interview with Tal Smith prior).

With the recent dismissals of general manager Tim Purpura and manager Phil Garner, Smith, principle owner Drayton McLane, and consultant Bob McLaren have been working feverishly to fill those positions.

While the series is called "5 Questions with...", Tal Smith is always willing to expand on subjects, even if the interview is conducted in the wee hours of the morning, as this one was. Five questions turned out to be a touch more.

Look for more of this new series of interviews including Rob Neyer and Ken Rosenthal arriving shortly. --

Maury Brown
Founder and President
Business of Sports Network

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UPDATE: Tejeda Pleads Guilty to Lying to Congressional Investigators PDF Print E-mail
Mitchell Report
Written by Maury Brown   
Wednesday, 11 February 2009 00:43

 Tejada

Miguel Tejada, seen here while playing with the
Oakland A's, is expected to plead guilty Weds.
to lying to Congressional investigators as part of
hearings addressing the Mitchell Report.

UPDATE: Tejada pleads guilty.

Houston Astros All-Star shortstop Miguel Tejada has plead guilty in a Washington federal courthouse to charges of lying to Congressional investigators. The filing of United States of America v. Miguel Tejada, is worded so that the 2002 American League Most Valuable Player and five-time all-star will face misdemeanor charges, which will most likely result in a fine, and a statement to the court that the matter will not occur again. He is not being charged with any felony perjury charges. Based upon the statute filed against Tejada, jail time seems highly unlikely.

Tejada appeared in U.S. District Court of Washington at 11am (ET) on Wednesday.

According to The AP, “The charge came in a legal document called a ‘criminal information,’ which can be filed only with the defendant's consent and typically signals a plea deal.”

Tejada is charged with lying to Congressional investigators for the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in 2005. At the time, he denied knowledge of an ex-teammate's use of performance-enhancing drugs.

While the player is unknown, it is believed to be a player for the Oakland Athletics.

According to the documents filed on Tuesday, Tejada "unlawfully withheld pertinent information from the committee because defendant Tejada, before and during his interview with the committee staff, then and there well knew that player #1, one of his teammates on the Oakland Athletics, had used steroids and HGH."

The Mitchell Report (see here) covers former Oakland A’s teammate Adam Piatt’s claims that he provided steroids to Tejada – steroids which he obtained from Kirk Radomski.

According to the Mitchell Report:

In 2003, Adam Piatt’s locker was located next to Tejada’s in the Oakland Athletics clubhouse. According to Piatt, Tejada asked specifically if he had any steroids. Piatt believed that Tejada asked him because Piatt was in good shape and generally friendly with him. Piatt had several conversations with Tejada before a transaction occurred. Piatt admitted he had access to steroids and human growth hormone and agreed to obtain them for Tejada. Piatt recalled that he provided Tejada with testosterone or Deca-Durabolin, as well as human growth hormone. Piatt emphasized that he did not know whether Tejada actually used the substances.

Piatt’s bank provided two checks deposited into Piatt’s account that had been written to him from Miguel Tejada. The checks are dated March 21, 2003 and are in the amounts of $3,100 and $3,200 respectively. Both are included in the Appendix; one is shown below.

Tejada Check

When Tejada was interviewed by Congressional investigators, the following exchange is what prompted the charges that Tejada will plead guilty to lying about on Weds. In regards to Piatt.

“Committee Staff: Has there been discussions among other players about steroids?

“TEJADA: No, I never heard.

“Committee Staff: You never heard any of that?

TEJADA: No.”

Sources: The Associated Press, and Houston Chronicle


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. He is contributor to Baseball Prospectus, and is available as a freelance writer. Brown's full bio is here. He looks forward to your comments via email and can be contacted through the Business of Sports Network.

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Dennis Miller Each Week on The Biz of Baseball PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Maury Brown   
Thursday, 15 November 2007 10:10

The Business of Sports Network believes that laughter is a great part of sports. To that end, we have reached an agreement through Sinuate Media to bring you exclusive clips of Sports Unfiltered with Dennis Miller each week.

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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.

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Hoffman on his Way to the DL PDF Print E-mail
Injuries
Written by Kyle Deering   
Monday, 30 March 2009 13:52

Trevor HoffmanMilwaukee Brewers closer Trevor Hoffman went on the DL on Monday, retroactive to March 27, according to MLB.com.  Hoffman has been dealing with a strained right oblique muscle near his rib cage for the past couple of weeks. It looks like he will miss at least the team’s first four regular season games.  

According to Hoffman, he is seeing progress, but feels there is no need to rush back and provide a risk of a greater set back later on in the season. "Two weeks in the middle of the season is going to feel a heck of a lot longer than the last two weeks of Spring Training, even though this has been frustrating. It would be difficult to watch games go by," says Hoffman.

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