26th November 2009
First of all, a Happy Thanksgiving to you. Many of you will be sitting around stuffing yourself silly today. But, as those from other countries outside the U.S. will tell you, we’re the only ones that set aside a day just to give thanks. Sounds like giving thanks everyday might be a good idea, yes?
A week from Sunday, I’ll be dragging myself to the airport at around 4:30am and begin heading to Indianapolis for this year’s Baseball Winter Meetings. For those that don’t know what they’re all about, read my primer on them at The Biz of Baseball. When you decide to go to the meetings, you want to make the most of them, and this year, my dance card is getting filled quickly.
On Monday I will be sitting on a Media & Journalism panel (4:15pm) as part of a Baseball Career Conference being hosted by Sports Management Worldwide in conjunction with Lynn University and Baseball America. Joining me on the panel will be Ben Hill of MiLB.com, and John Manuel , the Editor in Chief of Baseball America. And, that’s just one panel. Others that will be there include Ned Colletti, general manager of the Dodgers; Jeff Idelson, President of National Baseball Hall of Fame; Will Carroll of Baseball Prospectus; Manny Colon, Florida Marlins, Manager of Player Development & International Operations; Chaim Bloom, Tampa Bay Rays Assistant Director of Minor League Operations; Tyrone Brooks, Cleveland Indians Scout, and a list of others too long to list.
That evening I’ll take my first trip over to the Trade Show, where I’ll be meeting with Populous (formerly HOK Sport) to talk stadium development, meet with Team Marketing Report, and get a general vibe of the Trade Show. Over the course of my time at the meetings, the idea is to get a feel for how the recession has hit the baseball industry and if there is movement out of the dark times.
Tuesday and Wednesday will be primarily focused on MLB’s side of things, with a parade of press conferences, and catching up with acquaintances in the media.
Lots of friends I’m looking forward to seeing, including Will Carroll, Brent Gambill of Sirius/XM Radio, Victor Rojas of MLB Network, Jerry Crasnick and Jayson Stark of ESPN, Ari Kaplan of AriBall, Shawn Hoffman of Squawking Baseball and Baseball Prospectus, Matthew Leach of MLB.com, Mark Smith the Minor League Video Coordinator for the A’s, and a bunch of others I’m probably missing.
In-between all this, I’m working on an essay for a St. Louis Cardinals Spring Training guide by Maple Street Press on Albert Pujols.
The biggest thing is I’ll be reporting the heck out the meetings; any trades, signings, etc. Look for The Biz of Baseball to be blanketed with winter meetings news Sun-Weds.
In the mean time, here’s some selected content on The Biz of Baseball that you might be interested in:
- MLB Can’t Have Their Cake and Eat it Too (Revenue-Sharing)
- The Economics of Sports: An Interview with Roger Noll
- Site Update: MLB Revenue-Sharing Figures (’02-’03, ’05)
- From Japan to Panama and Beyond, World Series a Ratings Hit
Maury 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 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.