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A-Rod, J-Lo Return

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  • Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez are taking another approach at the New York Mets.

Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez are back in the bidding for the New York Mets as the coronavirus pandemic and new financial partners have increased the likelihood of a sale. After a failed approach in February, the celebrity couple has retained JPMorgan to find a new round of investors and are preparing a total bid that will be “definitely less than $2 billion.” Newfound willingness of the Wilpon family to include part of SNY, the Mets television network, has sparked […]

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Hot Stove in May

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  • The MLBPA is likely to submit a counterproposal to the league this week.

The MLB Players Association is expected to counter the owners’ plan to start the season by offering a proposal to play 100 games with fully-guaranteed, prorated salaries. Players had already agreed to a 50% pay reduction earlier this year and were not receptive to the owners’ proposal for progressive cuts that would affect stars more than rank and file players over an 82 game season. MLB agent Scott Boras sent an email to his 71 clients suggesting they refuse further […]

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Fundamentals: Minor League Baseball CMO David Wright

  • David Wright — Chief Marketing Officer for Minor League Baseball — joins Fundamentals on Tuesday, May 26th.
  • The episode will begin at 12pm ET on Tuesday, streamed live on this page.

Welcome to the latest episode of Fundamentals with Ian Thomas, a Front Office Sports interview show featuring leading operators and voices of the sports industry. On Tuesday, we were joined by David Wright, the Chief Marketing Officer of Minor League Baseball, to discuss the organization’s approach throughout the shutdown of live baseball, along with some insight on what the “new” fan experience may look like for MiLB clubs.

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MLB Outlines Shortened Season Costs

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  • MLB is projecting a $640,000 loss for every game played without fans in an 82-game season.

Major League Baseball is preparing to lose $640,000 each game if the season resumes without fans in the stands, according to owners. The projections are based on players earning a prorated salary across an 82-game season. MLB owners outlined the structure last week in a 12-page “Economics of Playing Without Fans in Attendance” report that suggests a $4 billion loss if players receive 89% of revenue. Teams also project their debt to increase from $5.2 billion to $7.3 billion, with […]

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MLB Owners Propose Revenue Sharing

  • MLB owners voted that teams be required to share 50% of revenue with players this season - players vote Tuesday.
  • The owners also further laid out details for a July 1-4 Opening Day.

In a historic first, Major League Baseball owners voted to share 50% of revenue with the MLB Players Association for any games played this season, according to USA Today. The proposal is meant to help diminish the effects of a projected 40% revenue loss caused by holding games without fans this year.  Players are expected to reject the plan over fears it could lead to a salary cap after the current collective bargaining agreement expires at the end of 2021. […]

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Q&A: ESPN’s Karl Ravech on Calling Korean Baseball

  • U.S. TV viewers will see plenty of bat flips and cheerleaders during ESPN’s KBO telecasts.
  • ESPN acquired the rights for KBO, which is one of the first leagues globally to return to live action post-coronavirus.

South Korea’s KBO League, the top-tier baseball league in the country, has plenty of things that normally would stand out to the sport’s purists, from players who’ve turned the bat flip into an art form to cheerleaders dancing on dugouts. Now added to that mix are umpires wearing masks and gloves and no fans watching in the stands. U.S. sports fans will get a good look at one of the first leagues globally to return to live action thanks to […]

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Korean Baseball Leads Sports Return

  • The South Korea's KBO League opened up its season on May 5.
  • ESPN will broadcast a game a day Tuesday-Sunday.

For fans tuned into ESPN early this morning, something may have caught their eye – live professional baseball. That came courtesy of the KBO League, the highest level of professional baseball in South Korea. The network struck a deal with the league to broadcast six games a week, as well as the entire 144-game season and its postseason.  The KBO was started in 1982 and consists of 10 teams from across South Korea, all owned by some of the country’s […]

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ESPN to Air Korean Baseball Games

  • ESPN will exclusively televise six live games per week in the U.S., starting with Opening Day on Tuesday.
  • Karl Ravech and Eduardo Perez will call the Samsung Lions vs. NC Dinos season-opener, as well as the May 6 and May 7 games.

Live sports are coming back to TV, starting very early Tuesday morning. ESPN has reached an agreement to be the exclusive English-language broadcast partner for the KBO, South Korea’s top-flight baseball league. ESPN will broadcast the league’s Opening Day at 1 a.m. ET and will air one game per day, Tuesday through Sunday. The deal includes postseason play as well. The network’s baseball commentators will contribute to the coverage, including Karl Ravech, Jon Sciambi, Eduardo Perez, Jessica Mendoza and Kyle […]

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Baseball On The Fourth Of July?

  • According to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal, baseball could return by July 4, with a 100-game schedule and extended postseason.
  • MLB is also reportedly leaving it up to teams to issue refunds for tickets.

Baseball could be back by the Fourth of July. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal ran through different Major League Baseball scenarios, including saying “the most realistic time range for Opening Day” is mid-June to July 4. With that start date in mind, it would allow for an 80 to 100-game schedule, with the season running through October. An expanded postseason at neutral sites could follow as well. Rosenthal said some club officials are optimistic parks could open up to limited fans […]

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YES Offers Classic Games With A Twist: Tweets From Players Involved

  • YES planning five ‘ride-along’ telecasts, with ex-Yankees 'live-tweeting' Derek Jeter’s greatest games and World Series wins.
  • ‘We are taking games that have aired before - and trying to put a different spin on them,” says YES’ John J. Filippelli.

With the coronavirus pandemic wiping out live sporting events, the New York Yankees’ YES Network is doing what every sports network is doing: replaying “classic” games. But looking to expand beyond that, YES is adding a second-screen experience with Twitter takeovers offering player memories of classic games. On March 30, YES re-aired the Yankees’ Game 6 win over the Atlanta Braves in the 1996 World Series and Game 7 win over the Boston Red Sox in the 2003 American League […]

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