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    Guitar Talk: I Have a Metal Neck and My Name Is Travis

    7th January 2011

    For those that have followed me for a while, they know that I have a fairly addictive taste for writing. “Prolific”, for some odd reason, seems a bit of a pompous adjective, but I seem to be pumping out 2-4 articles a day across multiple platforms.

    If you know me (and of course, you’re seeing the name of the blog in big whopping letters) you know I write about sports – mostly of the outside the lines variety. I’m that “BizballMaury” guy on Twitter, which was a concatenation of my company’s LLC name and, yes, my first name. It’s pretty clear I’m obsessed with sports.

    But, for those that have known me for a long period of time, they’ll tell you my obsessions have run just as deep on other topics. As a kid and early teen,  it was motocross. As a late teen till now, it’s been guitars.

    I took up playing one summer in Jr. High and immediately failed at it. For some strange reason, the following school year, I took to it like distortion to a Muff Fuzz. I took classes, learned to read music, and then went about ignoring the reading in favor of ear training, combing over albums to learn songs.

    When I got to Portland, I began playing in the local music scene weekly, toured for a couple of years playing daily, and worked at more than one music store.

    But, it was a certain music store in downtown Portland where I really started getting focused on vintage and rare guitars, mostly of the electric variety. The owner, who I will not name, was an obnoxious jerk that would gladly rip off any uneducated musician that walked in, but he gave me the assignment of cleaning and attending to the rare gems that hung high out of reach, only to be played by those that were serious and I mean in terms of how much money they had.

    It was educational, and honestly, a bit lustful. Guitars are art to me – functional art. Some see them as worthy of hanging on the wall and are never played (which seems sacrilegious to me, but I digress).

    So, in the first of what I hope is many columns on the topic, I’m going to bust out some known, and not so known, cool and valuable rods that I dig, and I hope you do too. Today, it’s about metal… as in neck.

    I’m sure that other materials had likely been toyed with, but when Travis Bean partnered with Marc McElwee and Gary Kramer, the latter of whom would go on to start his own guitar company, in the mid-70s, they opted to try a aluminum necks that ran through the body. The cool thing was that the pickups, a unique humbucker design, was bolted to the neck-through body. The design did two things: It gave a wholly unique tone, that was more brittle, but it also gave the guitars incredible sustain. To add, with metal being the neck material, warping of them was a non-factor.

    I never owned a Travis Bean, but had played many. They were unique, but still classy – the wood body was still made of quality materials and the wood-grained models showed that beyond the novelty of the metal neck, the designs were classic – most with a double-cutaway reminiscent of smaller horns on the Gibson ES=335.

    According to Wikipedia, “around 3,600 guitars and basses were produced between 1974 and 1979.”

    As mentioned, Kramer went on to start his own company in 1975, and while I did not own a Travis Bean, I did own a metal necked Kramer with three single-coils for a stretch.

    The Travis Beans are highly coveted collectables. In searching eBay, the #1 Travis Bean is listed for (sitting down?) , $58,000.

    They’re odd, cool, and classic. How I wish I was still sitting there in that guitar store cleaning and playing one.

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    To A Cast of Thousands: Happy New Year from Maury Brown

    31st December 2010

    Tools of the trade
    Tools of the trade. You make this stuff happen

    In this world, you’re only as good as those that you learn from. Heaven knows, I wouldn’t be able to be a sports writer without the incredible collective knowledge that the massive sports industry has imparted to me through a vast array of dedicated people that work within it.

    As 2010 makes its way to 2011, I wanted to take time to thank a few that have assisted, promoted, and befriended me over the last year, many much longer than that.

    I should add a disclaimer here… I always cringe when I try to do something like this. I invariably miss somebody, not because they’re any less than anybody else, it’s quite honestly because I did much of this list based upon my email contact list. Many have reached out across other means, and I’ve labored my tired, old noggin to remember you all. If I missed you on this list, “apologies” falls far short.

    To the tireless staff of the Business of Sports Network, you all are the greatest. You deliver incredible, thought provoking work, and in incredible volumes each and every week. Each of you, regular staffers and contributors are listed below, but I need to call those that have really gone the extra mile over the years. Matthew Coller, Jordan Kobritz, Jeff Levine, Devon Teeple, Joe Tetreault, and Pete Toms “thanks” just isn’t enough.

    To Lynn and Liz Lashbrook of SportsManagementWorldwide, thanks for allowing me to teach your students each week. All these years, and it’s still a joy to do.

    To the seemingly countless print and alternative media publications that have referenced me, or any of the staff and sites of the Business of Sports Network, I cannot thank you enough. We’ve surpassed the 10 million page view mark since we launched under 4 years ago, and it is in large part due to you.

    To the nearly 6,000 followers of mine on Twitter… I’ve said this before, but how so many have an interest in what I have to say is humbling, and honestly, something of a mystery to me. I just never thought me talking about sports would hold that much interest.

    The most important people though are my family. Glenna, Tyler, and Travis have seen me heads down, away from home, or on the phone so many times as I work. My parents – both genetic and extended – have supported me, and most of all, my entire family has epitomized patience, none more than my wife.

    Finally, this not something just as a New Year’s resolution, but a mantra I hope for daily: Be grateful for whatever you have. Know that whatever you do, you have to thank those that taught you how to do it. Work hard. Be balanced. And most of all, pass it on.

    God bless you, and a heartfelt thanks. May 2011 be all it can be for you.

    John Abbamondi, Amazin’ Ave., David Appelman, Gary Armida, Mark Armour, George Atallah , Kurt Badenhausen, Geoff Baker, Tyler Barnes, Brian Bartow, Baseball America, Baseball Prospectus, Baseball Think Factory, Ken Belson, Alex Belth, Brian Berger, Larry Berger, Brian Berger, Dick Beverage, Dan Bigman, Jeff Blair, Tyler Bleszinski , James Blind, Barry Bloom, John Blundell, Brian Borawski, Boston Red Sox, Sean Boulton, Bo Bounds, Greg Bouris, Matt Bourne, Jim Bowden, J.C. Bradbury, Andrew Brandt, Brew Crew Ball, Brian Britten, Dave Brown, Carter Bryant, Craig Calcaterra, Jim Callis, Dave Cameron, Jim Caple, Cardinals Best News. Will Carroll, Blair Cash, CBS Sports, Matthew Cerrone, David Chalk, Tim Chamberlin, Ralph Cindrich, Fred Claire, Devin Clancy, CNBC, Coast to Coast Tickets, Matthew Coller, Jason Collette, Tim Collins, Victor Conte, Booby Corser, Brian Costa, Pat Courtney, Tommy Craggs, Jerry Crasnick, Mike Cristaldi, Ken Davidoff, Deadspin, Lorraine DelliCarpini, John Dever, Jacqueline Diep, Tim Dierkes, Mike Dilornzo, Mike Donnelley, Kristi Dosh, Jim Duquette, Dan Duquette, Bob Dutton, Bob Dvorchak, Gordon Edes, Entercomm, Jeff Erikson, ESPN, Jeff Euston, Bill Evans, Seth Everett, Everyone at Lonestar Ball, Ken Fang and Fang’s Bites, FanGraphs, Jim Ferguson, Mike Ferrin, Mark Fischel, Eric Fisher, Josh Fisher, Andew Fitzpatrick, F.X. Flinn, Forbes SportsMoney, Sean Foreman and Baseball-Reference, Formula One, Rod Fort, FOX Sports, Tim Franks, Freakonomics, Meyer Freeman, Jim Furtado, Carter Gaddis, Cork Gaines, Brent Gambill, Peter Gammons, Luis Garcia, Andy Giegerich, Andy Giersher, Bill Gilbert, Dennis Glasgow, Ben Goessling, Josh Goldberg, Beverly Goldstein, Tom Gorman, Bill Gould, Matthew Gould, Evan Grant, Chuck Greenberg, Jordan Greenberg, Jon Greenberg, Sean Gregory, Donna Guillaume, James Guinn , Joe Hamrahi, Bob Harkins, Jeff Heckelman, Joel Henard, John Henry, Steve Henson, Mike Herman, Jon Heyman, HKS Architecture, Shawn Hoffman, Cory Humes, Kurt Hunzeker, Rob Iracane, IRL, Chris Isidore, Jay Jaffe, Chris Jaffe, Brian Jaquet, Dwight Jaynes, Rany Jazayerli, Michael Johnson, Dennis Johnson, Jamie Junco, Richard Justice, Benjamin Kabak, Kevin Kaduk, David Kahn, Christina Kahrl, Daniel Kaplan, Ari Kaplan, Nick Kappel, Stan Kasten, King Kaufmann, Joe Kehoskie, Jonah Keri, Sky Kestein, KFXX The Fan, Brian Killingsworth, Jordan Kobritz, Mat Kovach , Dejan Kovavevic, Mark Langhill, Liz Lashbrook, Lynn Lashbrook, Dave Laurila, Matthew Leach, Rich Lederer, Katie Leighton, Tim Lemke, Gina Leo Stingley, Jeff Levine, Will Lingo, Los Angeles Dodgers, Ryan Lubner, Lynn University, Bill Magrath, Drew Mahalic, Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, John Manuel, Maple Street Press, Andew Marchand, Tim Marchman, Sloan Martin, Trish Martineck, Buck Martinez, Jonathan Mayo, Brian McCarthy, McCovey Chronicles, Wayne McDonnell, Brett McGinness, Tim Mead, Chris Metz, Bernie Miklasz, Alyssa Milano, Josh Milne, Minnesota Timberwolves, Minnesota Twins, Minor League Baseball, MLB Network, MLB Trade Rumors, MLBPA, Carmen Molina, Bo Moon, Adam Morris, Dick Moss, MSNBC, Liz Mullen, Don Muret, NASCAR, National Basketball Association, National Football League, National Hockey League, NBA D-League, NBA TV, NBC Sports, NBPA, Rob Nelson, NESN, Rob Neyer, NFL Network, NFLPA, NHL Network, NHLPA, Bob Nightengale, Roger Noll, NYBaseballDigest, Oakland A’s, Pat O’Conner, Buster Olney, Jorge Ortiz, Gene Orza, Mike Ozanian, Lisa Pagano, Jeff Passan, Merritt Paulson, Joe Pawlikowski, Greg Pawson, Jason Peck, Dayn Perry, Jon Pessah, Rick Peterson, Brian Peterson, Tony Petitti, PGA, Philedelphia Phillies, David Pinto and Baseball Musings, Plan B. Branding, Bob Plapinger, Populous, Portland TrailBlazers, Noah Pransky, Ed Price, Purple Row, Jessica Quiroli, Todd Radom, Ray Ratto, Marty Ray, Blake Rhodes , John Rhodes , Rich Rice, Tracy Ringolsby, River Ave Blues, Victor Rojas, Collin Romer, Issac Ropp, Bob Rose, Jason Rosenberg and IIATMS, Dan Rosenheck, Ken Rosenthal, Darren Rovell, Gary Roy, Amanda Rykoff, Anthony Salazar, Kevin Saldana, San Francisco Giants, Chase Sbicca, Curt Schilling, Shonda Schilling, Michael Schlact, Cory Schwartz, Russell Scibetti, SeatGeek, Joel Sherman, Joe Siegler and Ranger Fans, Michael Silverman, Mark Simon, Mark Smith, Tal Smith, SMWW, Sons of Sam Horn, Sports Business Radio, SportsBusiness Journal, SportsBusness Daily, Jayson Stark, Michele Steele, Lee Street, Dave Studenmund, Amy Summers, Bart Swain, Paul Swangard, Paul Swyadan, Paul Swydan, Jason Swygard, Dan Szymborski, Sarah Talalay, Tom Tango, TBS, Devon Teeple, Michael Teevan, Joe Tetreault, Texas Rangers, The Happy Recap, The Hardball Times, The New York Times, John Thorn, Bob Timmerman, TNT, Marc Topkin, Pete Toms, Joe Touchstone, Steve Treder, Turner Sports, United Football League, Uniwatch, Matt Vasgersian, Darren Viola, Vivid Seats, Johanna Wagner , Walk off Walk, Don Walker, Jonathan Weatherdon, Jon Weinbach, Jon Weisman, Paul White, Charlie Wiegert, Chuck Wilson, Jeff Wilson, Lisa Winston, Yardbarker Network, Al Yellon, Andrew Zimbalist, Jon Zimmer

    All the best,

    Maury Brown

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    Got an iPhone and Use Yahoo Small Business Email? Here’s Good News

    18th August 2010

    Users of Apple’s iPhone that depend on Yahoo! Small Business email have been a frustrated lot since the popular mobile device launched several years ago. While you could easily add free Yahoo! email accounts, users paying extra to have a personalized email address were left with a kludgy series of steps to set up a POP account that proved to be exceptionally slow to push messages, and left users with no folder hierarchy. Nothing is more frustrating than getting a mountain of spam with the messages you want to really see, even if they are unorganized.

    When Apple rolled out the much anticipated iPhone 4 and the associated OS 2.0, users that had labored through the process of setting up the POP accounts for Yahoo! Small Business suddenly found themselves unable to get messages to push through. You could send, but not receive.

    But, fear not, iPhone users, you now have what free Yahoo! mail users have been getting. It’s just a matter of going through the simple addition of adding a new Yahoo! email account on your iPhone, with a twist.

    1) Go to the “Settings” widget

    2) Select “Mail, Contacts, Calendars”

    3) Under “Accounts” add “Add Account…”

    4) Select “Yahoo!” from the “Add Account…” menu

    5) Add your name as you wish it to appear, but under address, add your email address that you have registered with Yahoo! Small Business (user@domainname.com). Do NOT use your Yahoo! freemail address.

    6) Enter your Yahoo! password

    7) Give it a description

    8) Select “Next”

    The system will then Verify that you have all the info correct, and add the account. All your folders that you have created on you Yahoo! Small Business email account will appear. Sending and receiving work as it should. In other words, no more messy POP account setup. No more lack of folders. And best yet, the ability to send and receive emails from your iPhone through your personal email address you’ve been paying good money for through Yahoo! Remember… this is for those who have updated to 2.0 and above of Apple’s iPhone operating system. Enjoy!

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    “Bizball” Coming to Forbes, Weekly Column for FanGraphs

    29th July 2010

    Well, it’s been a while since I’ve said much here, which, when you think about it isn’t very bright of me since doing a Google search points you to here. Makes sense, right? After all, Sports Bash has the URL of MauryBrown.com.

    But, there’s been more than a lot going on, and it’s about time I updated you all on it.

    For one, the All-Star Game was a great success for me, and out of it, a chance meeting on the media bus back from the game with Dave Cameron has translated into a weekly column for FanGraphs. With the Texas Rangers bankruptcy case having so many twists and turns leading up to the auction on Aug 4, it seemed perfect to start with a look at Mark Cuban as a potential owner, even if he’s not yet committed to pursuing the club at auction. You can check my article archive on FanGraphs, going forward.

    The other bit of news as that starting shortly I will have a dedicated blog on Forbes.com. I have been writing for them for a while as part of SportsMoney, but now, I will have “Bizball” as a place on Forbes to call my own. No, it is not a full-time paying gig (which if you are reading out there, and are looking I certainly could use), but it’s worth doing because, well… it’s Forbes. Putting that name on your resume certainly builds credibility.

    That’s it, for now. With MLB’s postseason fast approaching I hope to be reporting from some of the games there. World Series? We’ll see. Also, look for me at this year’s Winter Meetings in Florida.

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    MLB All-Star Game, Forbes, and an Update on Bloomberg TV Sports Business Pilot

    6th June 2010

    All things considered, media has been good for me these days. Yes, I’m still looking for a full-time writing gig. Yes, I’d take a consulting or full-time position with a club or agency, but in the meantime, it’s nice to be wanted.

    In mid-May I accepted an invitation to write for Forbes’ SportsMoney (see my article archive). Being a contributor gets me in some extremely fine company. Besides  Forbes senior writers and editors Michael Ozanian , Kurt Badenhausen, Tom Van Riper, and Paul Maidment, there’s sports economist and author Andy Zimbalist; Lee Igel an assistant professor at New York University; Andrew Brandt, the former player agent and president of the Green Bay Packers who is now president of the National Football Post; Wayne McDonnell who is Clinical Associate Professor of Sports Management at New York University, and one who has offered frequent content to BizofBaseball.com, and; Kristi Dosh, an attorney, baseball blogger, and one working on a book on collective bargaining in MLB.  Like I said, good company.

    The Forbes work has been a nice add, and opens some doors, but the best news I’ve gotten in a long time is that I have been approved to cover the 2010 MLB All-Star Game in Anaheim this year. Getting your foot in the door for what is considered a “jewel event” by MLB is not easy for an independent new media writer, such as myself. While I have been freelancing for Yahoo Sports, The New York Post, Baseball America, and shortly, MSNBC, MLB approved BizofBaseball.com through their media affiliation program, a sign that they view the site as a legitimate news organization reporting in an “at large” capacity. Next stop? An attempt to get credentialed for the World Series. After that? Let’s see what happens at the Winter Meetings.

    Finally, I reported last month that I was part of a sports business pilot for Bloomberg Television. Well, that show has been shelved. I need to contact one of the producers, but word is that the content filmed last month might be interspersed throughout regular programming on Bloomberg Television. Hey, just getting in front of the camera is always a great learning experience. Recall doing my first piece for ESPN and I felt like Albert Brooks’ character Aaron Altman in Broadcast News when he had the sweat machine turn on. The Bloomberg filming felt easier, which shows I’m either getting more comfortable doing television, or I realize that Bob Costas and Dan Patrick really have nothing to worry about.


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    Yo! Toyota’s “Swagger Wagon” Viral Ad Marketing Genius

    28th May 2010

    This has absolutely nothing to do with sports, but everything to do with business. This is a fantastic bit of  comedic viral advertisement by Toyota that I couldn’t pass up.

    For one, I now own a (yes) Toyota Sienna. And, yes, I have two kids (no, not two girls, as is the case in this ad, but rather, two boys).

    This, ladies and gentlemen, is pure marketing genius. Yo! Bust it watchin’ the “Swagger Wagon”


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    Bloomberg Television, Sports Business, and Me

    24th April 2010

    BloombergFilming

    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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    Peter Gammons, Matt Kemp, Alyssa Milano, Ken Rosenthal, Others Lending Support for Autism Awareness

    12th March 2010

    UPDATE: If you are a sports organization, high profile athlete or entertainer, or business that wishes to add your name, please contact Maury Brown through the Business of Sports Network


    As you may or may not know, April marks the beginning of International Autism Awareness month. The brain disorder affects millions of children and adults in the US alone, including my son.

    This will mark the third year that I, and the Business of Sports Network, have done our Autism Awareness Challenge, and we are looking to make this year the best yet.

    We began reaching out today to individuals in sports and entertainment, and in just a short period of time, have gotten off to a great start.

    We already have commitments from:

    • Autism Speaks
    • Matt Kemp (Outfielder, Los Angeles Dodgers)
    • Peter Gammons (MLB Network, MLB.com, NESN)
    • Alyssa Milano (Television, screen and stage actor)
    • Triple-A Portland Beavers of the PCL
    • Portland Timbers FC of the USL, soon to be MLS in 2011
    • Populous (Stadium and Global Design)
    • Ken Rosenthal (FOXSports.com, MLB Network)
    • Dave Sims (Television play-by-play commentator for the Seattle Mariners, radio play-by-play for Sunday Night Football on Westwood One,  television play-by-play host for UFL on VERSUS)
    • Gordon Edes (ESPNBoston.com)
    • Peter Abraham (Boston Globe)
    • Chuck Armstrong (President, Seattle Mariners)
    • Sports Management Worldwide
    • Yardbarker Network
    • Sports Business Radio
    • Jim Duquette (Sirius/XM Radio MLB Home Plate, former GM Baltimore Orioles, New York Mets)
    • David Kahn (President, Basketball Operations, Minnesota Timberwolves)
    • Victor Rojas (Television play-by-play voice of the LA Angels, formerly with MLB Network)
    • Will Carroll (Baseball Prospectus)
    • Jesse Sanchez (MLB.com)
    • Joe Hamrahi (Baseball Daily Digest, Baseball Prospectus)
    • Brent Gambill (Executive Producer, MLB Home Plate, Sirius/XM Radio)
    • Dave Barr (Producer, Sports Talk With Bo Mattingly. KREB 1190 Fayetteville, KTTG ESPN 96.3 FM Ft. Smith, KABZ 103.7 FM Little Rock)
    • Chuck Greenberg (Pittsburgh sports attorney)
    • Pat Courtney (MLB spokesperson)
    • Mike Dilorenzo (NHL spokesperson)
    • Jason Rosenberg (It’s About the Money, Stupid blog)
    • Oregon Sports Authority
    • Todd Radom (Graphic artist, sports logo creator)
    • Gary Armida (Full Count Pitch blog)
    • Jeff Levine (Business of Sports Network)
    • Pete Toms (Business of Sports Network)
    • Devon Teeple (Business of Sports Network)
    • Jordan Kobritz (Business of Sports Network)
    • Joe Tetreault (Business of Sports Network)

    There will be more coming, and will update as they arrive.


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    A 3-Part Series for Yahoo! Sports

    23rd January 2010

    They often tell you not to become a niche within a niche, but I can’t help it from Nov. to late Feb. That’s because it’s MLB salary arbitration season.

    I have now become known as the “salary arb geek”, which strangely is okay by me. The process which is wholly unique to Major League Baseball so fascinates me due to its incredible weight that it places on how clubs structure payroll throughout the season.

    For example, as of this posting, there are 31 players that have yet to reach agreements, or looking at it another way, 150 contracts that have been reached since mid-Nov. of last year for salary arbitration eligible players. Total salary cost (both single and multi-year agreements)? $543,520,002, or $336,970,002 for 2010. alone (see my updated tally running here)

    To add to my obsessing over salary arbitration, I am doing a 3-part series for Yahoo! Sports, with the first one running this past Tuesday (see Evolution of salary arbitration: an ironic tale), part 2 running on Tuesday the 26th, and the final installment running shortly after the 21st of Feb. when salary arbitration is wrapped up for another year.

    So, if you have your geek on, here’s some data I am tracking:


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    Busy, Busy, Busy: The Baseball Winter Meetings

    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:


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