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    Sabermetrics, TV, And Not Using Too Much Of A New Color In Your Painting

    17th August 2016

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    Sabermetrics is good. Thinking that programming fully centered on them as something that will reach the masses on television is not so good.

    More than once on radio or television, I’ve been asked about sabermetrics, the advanced statistical analysis in sports, most commonly associated with baseball. I’d also say I’m a firm believer in information. That you can’t have enough of it, and that the value of it in sports should never be discounted.

    This would make sense, coming from me. I was approached early on to write about the business side of baseball from internet outlets that were steeped in reaching out to those that saw not only value in the numbers game in baseball, but for some that were repeat visitors to the sites, sabermetrics verged somewhere on par with religion. Whether that was The Hardball Times, Baseball Prospectus, Fangraphs, or to a lesser extent Baseball America, looking at new statistics to better understand baseball was, unlike the mainstream sports media, not frowned upon.

    While I was part of this culture and never looked down my nose at it, my interests and what I covered were not known for being big sabermetrics hot beds. There absolutely were economists that centered on sports, but they were mostly in academia. You knew of Roger Noll, or Rodney Fort, but it was really only Andrew Zimbalist that seemed to move the needle in the baseball fan culture.

    That changed some with the late, great Doug Pappas. Doug most well-known metric creation was Marginal Payroll/Marginal Wins to show efficiency and effectivity of how clubs were spending on player talent. Still, myself or Neil deMause would touch on this in later years, with Neil doing adjustments to Doug’s formulas, but the honest to goodness truth was—and still is—business of baseball writers exploring advanced metrics have always been the musical version of the backing band to the rock stars that delved into looking at the players themselves. After all, people don’t go to the ballpark to watch how payrolls are constructed. They go to see the players and the teams they support.

    But that didn’t mean that those that look at the business of sports don’t have some value in this discussion. And it’s here that my spending far too much time looking at how the workings of MLB front offices, and the networks that air games, has led me to want to get to the heart of this article.

    Today, I ran a piece for Forbes called MLB Network’s ‘MLB Now’ Call Of Pirates At Giants Game Shows The Sabermetrics Battle Has Been Won. In it I described how the unique call of the game done by host Brian Kenny, my former BP colleague and now CBS Sports media member Jonah Keri, MLB.com’s Mike Petriello, and Hall of Fame pitcher John Smoltz would be using the Giants’ local feed of the game with Kenny providing his own play-by-play of the game while incorporating the multiple perspectives on the desk and live info provided by MLB.com’s powerful Statcast technology.

    Social media (as social media is wont to do), had some things to say about this idea. That because there was one game being shown with some sabermetric guys on a panel, did not mean that we’d be seeing something akin to PHD level physics dressed up as a baseball broadcast anytime soon. Maybe the best comments came from FOX Sports’ CJ Nitkowski:

    What CJ is alluding to is something more about how television has approached sabermetrics. Producers have seen that there’s this community of people that dig the numbers side of baseball, and have thrown programming weighted almost entirely around this. “If you dig numbers in baseball, we’re going to talk advance metrics like you’ve never seen before!” or something to that effect.

    The problem here is, while you’ll get some interested, for the most part CJ is right: it’s just not going to ever reach the masses, and in television, masses are what count.

    I don’t hang this on sabermetrics. I hang it on well-meaning producers trying to paint with one color.

    The analogy is this: there’s this new color that few have seen, but there’s a group of people out there that think it should be used more often as the establishment has largely ignored it. So, someone says, “Hey, we have a market for this new color, so let’s use lots of it. Let’s use it pretty much exclusively and we’ll reach this new audience.” Well, you know how that turns out. You get too much of one color. Yes, you’re reaching an audience, but the audience wouldn’t be nearly as large as using that new color evenly along with all the other colors in your palette to paint your picture.

    So, what CJ is saying is correct, but what I truly believe is that you don’t need to overwhelm programming with sabermetrics. It only has value within context of everything else that is out there. So, maybe you start by putting a player’s WAR (Wins Above Replacement) in the graphics for players when they step in the box or take the mound alongside the more traditional stats. Maybe you make the whiz-bang aspects of Statcast something highlighted often around replays of dazzling catches or routes around the base paths (in reality, this is already being done incrementally).

    And maybe that’s the biggest thing to focus on. That as more fans—especially younger ones—are exposed to advanced analytics, the audience grows incrementally. That what is declared “advanced analytics” now simply grows into ‘baseball stats” in the future like we look at batting average, or earned run average now. The new stats simply grow into commonplace due to exposure.

    None of this is to say that what is going on prior with Jabocast, or Clubhouse Confidential, or currently with MLB Now is bad. What those programs are are highly targeted to the sabermetrics community.

    So, when I say that “the sabermetrics battle has been won” it’s a reflection that it’s now embraced by the league and front offices, and that it’s now part of a larger culture. Is it going to overwhelm what we see as part of television and mainstream media? No. Is it going to slowly but surely become more common in both? Absolutely. It’s a new color that the average fan deserves to see.

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    Bloomberg Television, Sports Business, and Me

    24th April 2010

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    If there was ever a sign that sports business has moved out from “bookworm” to “family room”, it’s been the expansion of television programming dedicated to sports outside the lines. I big hat tip has to go to Darren Rovell, who, besides being the king of Gatorade history, has become a staple on CNBC for all things sports business. Others have followed Rovell, including Rick Horrow on CNN and FOX Sports.

    Bloomberg News has jumped in with both feet into the world of sports. Whether it has been Bloomberg Sports, or their analytics products for baseball (see Bloomberg Sports Making Push to Be Heavy Weight in Baseball Analytics), the financial giant has seen that sports off the field has dollar signs attached to it.

    I can now proudly say, I will be part of another Bloomberg foray into sports business.

    On Friday I filmed a segment for a Bloomberg Television pilot show on sports business. The show is tentatively set to air in mid-June. This is TV so while I spent 30 minutes answering questions from the producers, if I see 5 mins. of air time, it will be a miracle. Still, 5 or 2 or 10, any face time is good time.

    What did we discuss? MLB revenue-sharing, explaining the Luxury Tax, how Target Field benefits the Twins, whether a Red Sox/Yankees rivalry is good or bad for baseball, and early record low attendance for a few of the clubs… great stuff. I tip my hat to the producers who really did their homework.

    And, to add to the filming, Bloomberg will use data that has been researched for BizofBaseball.com, with proper citation through graphics or voiceover.

    I’ll be updating on this shortly, but it appears that the show will have MLB Players Association Executive Director Michael Weiner as one of the guests on the initial show… I’m in fantastic company.

    I really give it to Bloomberg to launching the show (and yes, I would have said this whether I was on the show, or not). It shows that sports business is becoming more and more of interest to the general public.

    Look for more on the show as I get updates from Bloomberg


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    Tuesday on The Biz of Baseball: Social Networking and Sports Summit

    27th July 2009

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    With the exception of the decline of the newspaper, possibly the biggest change in media may be the introduction of social networking to the landscape. From Twitter to Facebook to LinkedIn and beyond, social networking is changing how media, athletes, and fans interact.

    Last year, we did a compilation entitled The State of MLB, which had a host of those that work in the business of baseball, either as columnists, producers in radio, and those that work in the front office of MLB clubs provide a paragraph or two on how they saw the game progressing. Now, we’re applying the same format to sports and social networking.

    Tuesday, on The Biz of Baseball, hear what these individuals think of social networking, and how they use it (tentative list, more coming):

    • Victor Rojas (MLB Network)
    • Ken Davidoff (Newsday)
    • Will Carroll (Baseball Prospectus)
    • Megan Marshall (Stealing Home)
    • Brian Costa (NJ Star-Ledger)
    • Peter Abraham (LoHud Yankees Blog, News Journal)
    • Jeff Blair (The Globe and Mail)
    • Dave Sims (Broadcaster, Seattle Mariners radio)
    • Jason Peck (Take a Peck Blog – Sports, Social Media, more)
    • Joel Sherman (New York Post, SI.com)
    • Gary Armida (contributor, The Biz of Baseball)
    • Jeff Levine (staff writer, Business of Sports Network)
    • Shawn Hoffman (Squawking Baseball, Baseball Prospectus)
    • Jon Heyman (SI.com, MLB Network)
    • Brent Gambill (Senior Producer, MLB Home Plate, Sirius/XM radio)
    • Jesse Sanchez (MLB.com)
    • Tim Dierkes (MLB Trade Rumors)
    • Ken Fang (Fang’s Bites)
    • Mike Ferrin (Host of On Deck MLB Home Plate XM 175/Sirius 210)
    • Craig Calcaterra (NBCSports.com, Shysterball)
    • Mike Silva (New York Baseball Digest)
    • King Kaufman (Salon.com)
    • Tim Lemke (Sports Biz reporter, Washington Times)
    • Benjamin Kabak (River Ave. Blues)
    • Cory Schwartz (Director of Stats, MLB.com)
    • Maury Brown (President, Business of Sports Network)

    Look for updates as we get closer to publication

    Don’t forget to vote on The Biz of Baseball’s latest poll on social networking (look for it to the right).


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    I Have a Case of the Twitters

    8th June 2009

    When it comes to running content day in and day out on sports, the biggest challenge is finding information, doing your analysis, and getting the piece(s) published in a timely manner.

    As most anyone will tell you, information is power, and in authoring content across the Business of Sports Network of sites, as well as freelancing, the biggest challenge is that first part: finding solid information.

    That used to be done in one exersise each and every day — the trudging through approx. 100 bookmarks, and doing a hefty bit of search engine work.

    But, recently, I have added the social networking tool Twitter to the arsenal, and have found it an invaluable tool.

    The thing is, I got more than that.

    I’m a social creature in an often times, non-social world. Having your eyes and hands strapped to a laptop for long periods can wear one out. Twitter allows one to get info, and do a bit of social dabbling. For me, that involves my interests in music (been playing guitar for what seems like forever now), and autism awareness due to my son Travis. Twitter bridges that gap.

    If you are interested in what’s happening with me on Twitter, take a peak at the widget below as it updates in realtime.


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    MLS Expansion Points to Pacific NW Rivalry, League to Expand (Again), More News

    19th March 2009

    Major League Soccer must feel that there’s something in the water in the Pacific Northwest. Today will see Sounders FC make their debut in Seattle as they host the Red Bulls at Qwest Field with more than 32,000 fans expected. The game will come on the heels of Vancouver, BC being awarded one of two expansion franchises for the 2011 season, and Portland being awarded the second and final expansion club tomorrow at a 10a.m. PT press conference in what is lovingly referred to as Soccer City, USA (credit Timber fans at SoccerCityUSA.com for breaking the story). Heck, the Timbers already have MLS ticket sale info online for 2011. (NOTE: The Timbers have since pulled the info, SoccerCityUSA.com posted the details here before being yanked)

    With the Sounders, and eventually Vancouver (Whitecaps), and Portland (Timbers) coming into the league, it sets up a perfect “I-5 rivalry”, and certainly taps into the grassroots fan base that has been building in the region for years for soccer. There are funding issues to deal with on Portland’s end, but if they pull it off (which they should given the award tomorrow), Commissioner Garber should be given a thumbs-up for tapping into the region.

    The question now is, where will teams 19 and 20 play? Garber made mention at yesterday’s press conference that the league will (once again) be expanding by two clubs. Too fast? Maybe. Maybe, not. The one certain factor is that with all the expansion fees rolling into the league, MLS will have some extra green to offset the impacts of the recession.

    In other sports business news…

    The Miami City Commission voted 3-2 today in favor of a $639 million package to fund a new ballpark for the team that would be named the Miami Marlins after the Marlins made several concessions in an effort to get the funding passed. If Miami-Dade County Commissioners vote in favor of the funding package, the Marlins will have finally landed the long sought after baseball-only stadium that three separate Marlins ownership groups have been pining for for more than a decade..

    Seems the completed sale of the Cubs won’t be occurring by the beginning of the 2009 MLB season. “I think it will be a challenge to make opening day. If I were to tell you we were going to make opening day, everything would have to fall into place just perfectly, and the world’s an imperfect place, so I would say that’s probably unlikely,” said Cubs chairman Crane Kenney from Mesa yesterday.

    And there was much dancing in the streets… Gameday Audio is coming to MLB.com’s At Bat application for iPhone.

    The NFL player reps are smart to have gone with an outsider to replace Gene Upshaw.

    President Obama gets ready for March Madness by filling out a bracket for ESPN.

    This just in, working for Lenny Dyskstra is the new Hell’s Kitchen.

    This just in, A-Rod needs to work on his image.

    In the cha-ching department, I’ve come up with a new metric designed to calculate the average amount a club that hosts a postseason game in MLB pulls in.

    While US fans snore through the event, for the most part, the rest of the world is making the World Baseball Classic an attendance and ratings hit.

    It is about the money, stupid, has an excellent interview with Jeff Pearlman, author of The Rocket Who Fell to Earth.

    Here’s what 10 years worth of end of year payroll looks like for Major League Baseball. Surprise, the Yankees outspent all comers.

    The NHL really has its act together when it comes to digital media as witnessed by this.

    In other NHL news, the players could ostensibly be working the last 12-13 games of the season unpaid.

    And finally, “That was a wicked googlie!” Manny Ramirez tries Cricket as part of a promo for DirecTV.


    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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    Thursday Late Night News: Sports Marketing as the Recession’s New Whipping Boy, Manny Contract, More

    5th March 2009

    Today turns into tonight before I can get to the personal blog. Hey, you have to have some time to research articles, right?

    The focus early on Thursday centered around how sports marketing it taking a licking due to the economy, especially those banking giants that are set to receive TARP money from the federal government to bail them out.

    Business of Sports Network staff writer Pete Toms does an extensive (and I mean extensive) article entitled Sports Marketing is the Recession’s New Whipping Boy, while over at the Business of Sports Network, I add some Nielsen Media Research data on how banks are spending TV ad budgets on sports. Found that to be really surprising, so take a peak at the link.

    The other thing that I hit on today was the Manny Ramirez contract. Maybe it was the constant onslaught of coverage, but when the whole deal started to hinge on the amount of money being deferred, a couple of teeth got knocked off my sprocket. I go into why there’s some level of insanity in the Dodgers of all teams deferring salary and placing Manny’s salary on the books well after he’ll be out of Dodger Blue. I provide a table from Forbes showing the revenues the Dodgers have pulled in and their overall valuation ranking over the last five years. Let’s just say the number “4” is popular. Here’s a whole bunch of stats on Man-Ram.

    In other news…

    Will Manny get his asking price for his condo?

    The New York Jets are asking some employees to take two-weeks of unpaid leave in lieu of job cuts.

    Liberty Sports Group today announced that the company has transitioned its three regional sports networks to broadcast full-time in high definition. That includes FSN Northwest, FSN Pittsburgh, FSN Rocky Mountain (and sub-region FSN Utah).

    The Nationals are offering up more tickets to the Elton John, Billy Joel concert at Nationals Park due to a computer glitch when tickets initially went on sale.

    The NHL really had the trade deadline covered from all angles.

    Some guy named A-Rod had puss drained today.

    T.O. is now officially unemployed.

    Sad news for baseball fans as Jon Weisman reports that Diamond Leung has been laid-off by the Press-Enterprise.

    Getting a home for the Masters Tournament has gotten cheaper due to the economy.

    And finally, former New York Times baseball reporting icon Murray Chass appears to have gone complete off the deep end regarding Mike Piazza and his (wretch) back acne.


    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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    Portland, Vancouver Believed to Be Next MLS Expansion Locations Based on Conditions, More

    4th March 2009

    This morning, we’re reporting on the Business of Sports Network about MLS expansion as part of our continued “Focus On” series. But after publication, word arrived late last night through someone connected to MLS that with Miami dropping out of the running for one of the two expansion franchises, Portland and Vancouver, B.C. would be given conditional award for the next two expansion franchises in MLS.

    What does that mean?

    As someone that lives in Portland, and worked directly within the MLB to Portland effort, it can mean much. It can also place the actual award just out of fingers reach.

    The term “conditional award” came into vogue during the early 2000s when MLB was looking to relocate the Montreal Expos. The phrase is fairly straight forward. A franchise is awarded a city, based on the condition that a stadium meeting league parameters is provided.

    As I mentioned, this can give a considerable amount of leverage to sports boosters and the city advocates looking to land a team. It allows the targeted city the ability to more easily pass funding measures needed to build from scratch, or renovate facilities to meet league conditions.

    I also mentioned that it can place a franchise just within reach. In this economy, focusing on public funding of stadia development is exceptionally difficult. Even with a conditional award, the political capital needed to pass funding can be daunting, even if there are clear attempts to safeguard the host municipality from picking up the tab, should something go badly (league folding, targeted revenue streams to pay back bonds below threshold, etc).

    Stay tuned to see what happens over the next two weeks as MLS gets closer to announcing the winning cities.

    In other news…

    Thank goodness, it’s nearly over. Manny Ramirez and Dodgers have agreed on parameters for a two-year, $45 million contract.

    It seemed somewhat humorous at the time, but now ends tragically. A minor league player traded for bats has tragically died of a drug overdose.

    In more tragic news, the Coast Guard has suspended the search for Oakland Raiders linebacker Marquis Cooper, free agent Corey Smith, whose boat capsized off the coast of Florida.

    Business of Sports Network staffer Devon Deeple files this organizational report on “The Evil Empire”.

    The NHL trade deadline is at 3:00pm ET today, and when all is said and done, should have the fingerprints of the recession all over it.

    Tune in today to MLB Network at 5pm ET and witness Ken Griffey, Jr.’s return to the Seattle Mariners.

    The Detroit Tigers have extended their working agreement with the Triple-A Toledo Mudhens.

    Helio Castroneves tax-evasion trial enters Day Two.

    Chris Paul is unveiling a new Jordan Brand shoe for Nike in New Orleans.

    Curt Warner is asking the Cardinals for a two-year, $23 million deal.

    Matt Vasgersian of MLB Network lets the F-Bomb fly during rehearsal.

    This isn’t good. Radium has been found in some ballfields at Great Kills Park on Staten Island.

    Mark Cuban is laying down the law with the Mavericks.

    Duk at Big League Stew reminds us just how over-inflated tickets to New Yankee Stadium will be.

    And finally, John Rowady, the president of rEvolution files this guest article on The Biz of Baseball in which he makes the case that companies that have lucrative sponsorship deals with sports franchises, and are receiving federal TARP monies can make the case that it is still a good investment, even in the recession.


    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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    Tuesday’s Titillations: Breaking Taboos, Lincecum Mania Continues, More

    3rd March 2009

    There comes a point where I have given into the movement forward by pro sports owners toward squeezing every red cent they can out of whatever means they have available. It has gone from the entertaining (Bill Veeck) to all the seriousness of the Wall St. collapse.

    I wrote about this in 2006, but I revisit the matter today: uniform advertisement in Major League Baseball is very near to happening, and the World Baseball Classic gives you the platform to ease into it. Why are we on the cusp? Here’s why:

    The reason is, of course, the gloomy economy.

    When times are tough, you can always count on reevaluating old taboos. As the need for the almighty dollar makes owners and league executives redefine what is pure and what is not, aspects like uniform advertisement, or revisit the sacrilegious idea of ads on the sides of bases, become more likely.

    There are examples of some prior taboos being broken in sports today.

    This is nothing new. Anyone that’s watched European League soccer will have seen it. Or, for baseball fans, watching the Caribbean World Series recently on MLB Network could see it. It’s just a matter of time, folks.

    Speaking of the World Baseball Classic, we it as one of our “Focus On” series today on the Business of Sports Network.

    Not only does he dance with the stars, and is one of open-wheel racing’s premier drivers, Helio Castroneves likes to dance with the IRS.

    Benjamin Hill and Alan Schwartz tear apart the “salacious memoir” of Matt McCarthy’s “Odd Man Out”.

    Sadly, the Munich massacre in ’72 isn’t the last time terrorism and sports intermingle as gunmen in Pakistan killed 8 Sri Lankan Cricket players.

    He’s turning into one of my favorite writers. Shawn Hoffman of Squawking Baseball has a fantastic interview with John Coppolella, the Director of Baseball Administration for the Atlanta Braves.

    Rich Lederer of Baseball Analysts looks at 2006-2008 to see which teams in MLB have spent the most efficiently.

    Here’s the updated World Baseball Classic rosters.

    Business of Sports Network staffer Jordan Kobritz opines about Andy Oliver of Oklahoma State University and the problems with the NCAA player agent rules.

    Stan Kasten is currently sitting in the GM chair after Jim Bowden resigned, but Mike Rizzo and Tony LaCava have the best shot at landing the Nationals’ GM opening.

    For those who can’t get enough Tim Lincecum, Major League Baseball 2K9 hits stores today.

    There’s player movement in the NBA.

    Sweet Lou is P.O.d at ESPN’s Steve Phillips.

    Rob Neyer weighs in on the Manny debate.

    MLS to Portland and a new Triple-A baseball stadium faces an advisory committee vote.

    Fire Jim Bowden breaks down Trader Jim’s ten best moves as a GM.

    And finally, as someone commented on The Biz of Baseball, Fat mascots > skinny mascots.


    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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    TBS Partners with Yahoo! Sports for Advertisement and Sports-Related Content

    10th July 2008

    TBSTurner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS) and Yahoo! Inc. have entered a multi-year strategic alliance that will allow the two companies to collaborate on advertising and sports-related content. Turner will exclusively represent online advertising sales for the NBA, golf and NASCAR pages of Yahoo! Sports. Additionally, Yahoo! Sports will gain access to basketball, golf and NASCAR content from NBA.com, PGATOUR.com, PGA.com and NASCAR.com, league sites managed by Turner. The deal was announced today by David Levy, president of Turner Broadcasting Sales, Inc. and Turner Sports and Todd Teresi , senior vice president of Yahoo!’s Publisher Channel. The deal creates an alliance between one of the leading entities in the sports media industry and the #1 online sports destination, representing the new model for media outlets looking to increase and further engage their audiences.

    All display, sponsorship and video advertising opportunities within the NBA, golf and NASCAR pages on Yahoo! Sports will be available exclusively through the Turner Network, which combines the digital resources of 19 Turner Sports, News and Entertainment properties. The agreement also provides Turner with access to advanced targeting technologies that will allow Turner to exclusively sell advertisements based on a consumer’s affinity for NASCAR, golf and NBA content, thus creating new advertising opportunities for clients. The agreement underscores Yahoo’s ongoing commitment to differentiating verticals online.

    “Our relationship with Yahoo! provides tremendous benefits for our online consumers who will receive enhanced coverage of NBA, PGA TOUR, PGA and NASCAR news and events,” said Levy. “Aligning with Yahoo! Sports adds another dimension to our digital platforms and enables us to extend the distribution of content and advertisers’ marketing messages by leveraging each company’s national audience. We’re confident this arrangement will prove very beneficial to our advertising partners.” He added, “The strength of this league content combined with the extensive reach of Yahoo! Sports will make our respective properties the undisputed leader in market share of NBA, golf and NASCAR content on the Web.”

    “By aligning with Turner and enabling them to extend Yahoo! inventory to sell to advertisers, we will engage the most targeted audience of sports enthusiasts available on the Internet,” said Teresi. “This announcement builds on our strategy to be both the starting point for consumers seeking the premier sports content, and to be the choice for leading Internet publishers looking to maximize their revenue potential. With the incomparable sports lineup Yahoo! Sports can now offer, as well as the massive size of our audience, advertisers will be able to deliver the most targeted, relevant marketing messages available at scale on the Web.”

    Through this relationship, Turner will provide NASCAR, PGA TOUR, PGA and NBA properties to Yahoo! Sports with live and on-demand video, leaderboards and editorial content featuring some of the biggest names in sports. The content will enrich Yahoo! Sports’ current racing, golf and professional basketball coverage, which includes original reporting from award-winning journalists such as NBA writer Adrian Wojnarowski, auto racing writer Bob Margolis, and NASCAR analyst Ricky Craven. League sites NASCAR.com, PGATOUR.com, PGA.com, and NBA.com will also reap the benefits of successfully partnering with Turner through this Yahoo! agreement with increased exposure to a new audience of sports fans. The league sites will receive fixed placements on the respective NASCAR, golf, and NBA pages of Yahoo! Sports to promote certain league initiatives, further growing their brand exposure.

    Opening the marketplace for Turner to sell advertising on Yahoo! Sports is part of a new publisher strategy that Yahoo! began implementing in October, 2007. The company’s goal is to work with publishers that are differentiated in their markets online to build an interdependent reseller network. Through this reseller network, advertisers can reach the audiences they want to communicate with at Yahoo!’s unmatched scale, plus presenting their audiences with relevant messages at the right time.

    Source: TBS


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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, 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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    When Sports Becomes a Small Matter: A Child and Autism

    13th April 2008

    UPDATE (Late March, 2010) This was my first entry made regarding autism, 5 days after our son was diagnosed as being on the ASD scale. Here is what we’re are doing for April of 2010 From Matt Kemp to Alyssa Milano to Peter Gammons, Sports and Entertainers Offer Assistance for Autism Awareness


    There is no category for this topic here. There is baseball, basketball, hockey, football, and auto racing, but there is nothing for topics of far more importance.

    This, being my personal blog, has been about commentary on sports. It has never been about my views on matters outside of that.

    And, it has never been a place where you would find anything personal. Today, that changes as I find myself placed in a new cause. It is one that touches myself, my family, and as I will outline below, a growing and alarming number of families.

    Over the past year, our youngest son has not been developing at the rate that most children do. At first, we chalked this up to him just not accelerating at the rate of our first son, who was ahead of the curve. Now, coming up on the age of three, we saw that he was not communicating, even on rudimentary levels such as pointing when he wanted something. Only when prompted would he respond verbally to a very small list of known words. Things that we initially thought were cute were really signs of something else. There was the jumping up and down when he was excited, spinning in circles, and the one we thought was the funniest… never calling me “Daddy”, but rather, “Mamma. “

    Given these signs, we met with his pediatrician and from there, other specialists. The diagnosis was that our son is autistic.

    As my wife and family come to grips to this news, we now find ourselves in a life altering experience. The good news is that with early detection, one-on-one and what is called “mainstream” therapy, we can hope that our son will eventually be a productive part of society. What was alarming to me was the incredible trend of more and more being diagnosed within the ASD spectrum. There was a point where the word “autism” would elicit confused stares. Now, nearly everyone in America has a family member or friend touched by ASD.

    Based upon this, I am challenging all that have a platform to do so, to link to this news below, or pass it along. Call it the sports autism challenge, whatever. The hope is that by getting this news to as many as possible in the hope that others can be educated.

    The following information comes by way of the Autism Society of America:

    • 1 out of 150 children in U.S.
    • 1 out of 90 boys
    • Affects four times as many boys as girls
    • Lifetime cost of caring for a child with autism: $3.5 to $5 million
    • Current annual cost to U.S.: $35 billion
    • Estimated annual cost by 2010: $90 billion
    • 1.5 million Americans affected

    Researching has found information that will be valuable to my wife and I, and some indications that we now see as classic traits of autism spectrum disorder that are within our son’s behavior. Passing some of these behavioral traits along may help you, or someone you know, get their child to their pediatrician for an evaluation. Early detection is critical as the earlier a child is enrolled in therapy, the better the odds are that when they grow older they will be able to function in society.

    Here are some signs to look for in the children in your life:

    • Lack of or delay in spoken language
    • Repetitive use of language and/or motor mannerisms (e.g., hand-flapping, twirling objects)
    • Little or no eye contact
    • Lack of interest in peer relationships
    • Lack of spontaneous or make-believe play
    • Persistent fixation on parts of objects
    • Reaching a development milestone only to see regressively disappear
    • Odd dietary behaviors, such as eating only starches
    • No fear of danger

    How can you help? Donate. Spread the word.

    To Donate:

    Donate to the Autism Society of America

    As I said, there is no category here for social causes. However, this is the one time it seemed appropriate and a responsibility to do so. If you know someone with autism, please leave your comments.


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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, 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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