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02-25

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The Ledger Domain: Salary Arbitration Beats Free Agency
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Maury Brown

12-04

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The Ledger Domain: MLB Meets the Recession
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Maury Brown

10-24

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The Ledger Domain: The Impact of the Fantasy Stats Ruling
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Maury Brown

10-10

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The Ledger Domain: The Ratings Game
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Maury Brown

04-30

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The Ledger Domain: Q&A with Vince Gennaro
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Maury Brown

04-25

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The Ledger Domain: A Look Inside Forbes' MLB Franchise Valuations
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Maury Brown

04-16

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The Ledger Domain: A Look in the Black Book (Part I)
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Maury Brown

04-09

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The Ledger Domain: Breaking Down the Extra Innings Agreement
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Maury Brown

03-26

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The Ledger Domain: iN Demand and MLB Tussle Over Extra Innings
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Maury Brown

03-12

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The Ledger Domain: Not a Done Deal...Yet
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Maury Brown

02-26

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The Ledger Domain: The 2007 Salary Arbitration Results
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Maury Brown

02-19

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The Ledger Domain: MLB Needs to Reconnect
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Maury Brown

02-12

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The Ledger Domain: A Deeper Look at the Exclusive Extra Innings to DirecTV Deal
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Maury Brown

02-05

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The Ledger Domain: The Effect of Regional Sports Networks
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Maury Brown

01-29

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The Ledger Domain: Q&A with Branch Rickey III
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Maury Brown

01-22

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The Ledger Domain: Risky Business
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Maury Brown

01-08

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The Ledger Domain: The Monopolizing of MLB's Extra Innings Package
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Maury Brown

01-02

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The Ledger Domain: The Fourth Amendment, the MLBPA and the BALCO Investigation
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Maury Brown

12-19

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The Ledger Domain: Fully Backloaded
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Maury Brown

12-04

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The Ledger Domain: Why the Free Spending?
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Maury Brown

11-27

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The Ledger Domain: Cisco Field
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Maury Brown

11-20

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The Ledger Domain: The Sale of the Cubs
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Maury Brown

11-13

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The Ledger Domain: Myths
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Maury Brown

11-06

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The Ledger Domain: A Look at the New Collective Bargaining Agreement: Luxury Tax, and Minimum Payroll
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Maury Brown

10-30

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The Ledger Domain: The New Collective Bargaining Agreement - Revenue Sharing
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Maury Brown

10-23

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The Ledger Domain: Steve Lyons Speaks Out
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Maury Brown

10-17

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The Ledger Domain: Ratings Time
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Maury Brown

10-09

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The Ledger Domain: Breaking Down the 2006 Season by Marginal Payroll/Marginal Wins
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Maury Brown

10-04

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The Ledger Domain: Ticket Snub
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Maury Brown

09-24

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The Ledger Domain: Perpetual Motion
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Maury Brown

09-20

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The Ledger Domain: Are the Marlins the Biggest Overachievers of All Time?
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Maury Brown

09-11

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The Ledger Domain: Place Shifting and the MLBAM
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Maury Brown

08-21

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The Ledger Domain: Contents Under Pressure
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Maury Brown

08-14

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The Ledger Domain: The Fantasy Stats Case Ruling and Its Repercussions
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Maury Brown

08-07

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The Ledger Domain: Mid-Atlantic Tango: Looking at the Orioles and Nationals Attendance
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Maury Brown

07-31

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The Ledger Domain: Quietly, Collective Bargaining Begins
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Maury Brown

07-24

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The Ledger Domain: Blackout Blues
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07-17

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The Ledger Domain: MLB's 7-Year-Hitch to Fox and the All-Star Game
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07-10

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The Ledger Domain: MLB's Landscape Leading Up to the CBA, Part II
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Maury Brown

07-03

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The Ledger Domain: Private Jets, Hitting the Scales and other Colorful Contract Requests
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Maury Brown

06-26

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The Ledger Domain: Sale of the Braves is a Tax(less) Situation
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Maury Brown

06-19

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The Ledger Domain: MLB's Landscape Leading Up to the CBA, Part One
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Maury Brown

06-12

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The Ledger Domain: Stan Kasten Interview
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06-05

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The Ledger Domain: Walter O'Malley and Marvin Miller For the Hall of Fame
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05-29

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The Ledger Domain: MLBAM Wants You Wired
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February 25, 2009 2:01 pm

The Ledger Domain: Salary Arbitration Beats Free Agency

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Maury Brown

Big scores were struck for the players through the arbitration process this winter.

"Honestly? What's to like about it?"
-Anonymous MLB executive, on the subject of salary arbitration


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December 4, 2008 12:47 pm

The Ledger Domain: MLB Meets the Recession

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Maury Brown

Adrift in an ocean of money, how will MLB navigate the current financial maelstrom?

Bud Selig and the executives at MLB headquarters must have breathed a sigh of relief. At the end of the 2008 season, baseball could boast that it had reached the second highest paid attendance in its history, that on top of another record year for revenues, all while just missing what would be the onset of one of the largest economic declines in US history.

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October 24, 2007 12:00 am

The Ledger Domain: The Impact of the Fantasy Stats Ruling

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Maury Brown

The legal setback for MLBAM over the use of player names in fantasy sports could lead to a Supreme Court showdown.

In baseball parlance, MLB Advanced Media is in the bottom of the ninth with two outs in their legal case with CBC Distribution and Marketing Inc., the fantasy sports company that has been fighting for the rights to use player names in conjunction with their statistics without paying a fee to MLBAM for licensing. On Tuesday, October 16th, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in St. Louis ruled 2-1 upheld a lower court decision in favor of CBC, based on First Amendment rights, delivering yet another blow to MLBAM's legal case. "The decision is a big win for us. It is a big win for the fantasy sports industry, as well as entrepreneurs of the World," said CDM Fantasy Sports' Vice President Charlie Wiegert. "It's a win for all the underdogs. All the Davids who have a war with a Goliaths."

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October 10, 2007 12:00 am

The Ledger Domain: The Ratings Game

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Maury Brown

When television and the baseball playoffs collide, different parties want different outcomes.

The bubbly had to be popping at MLB's New York offices, and at the headquarters of Turner Sports. The gamble to place the Division Series exclusively on cable through Turner's TBS channel had initially paid off handsomely. In the next few days, however, the television execs, Bud Selig and the rest at 245 Park could be faced with a bit of a champagne hangover. With the Yankees being knocked out of the playoffs in a Game Four ALDS loss to the Indians, only the Boston Red Sox remain as a perennial ratings powerhouse. No Yankees/Red Sox drama. No Chicago Cubs, no Wrigley Field, no goat, no curse. Not even a Rally Monkey.

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April 30, 2007 12:00 am

The Ledger Domain: Q&A with Vince Gennaro

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Maury Brown

Maury chats with Vince Gennaro, a former consultant to MLB clubs and author of Diamond Dollars.

When Michael Lewis wrote Moneyball, a larger audience became aware of Doug Pappas and his groundbreaking metric, Marginal Payroll/Marginal Wins, published here at Baseball Prospectus. The metric placed an economic value on how much a club was spending to earn wins, and how much a club was spending in the overall in terms of marginal payroll. It placed the value of a win into perspective, and was seen as a way for clubs to better valuate how they spent, not how much they spent.

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Who do you believe--Forbes Magazine, or the teams that invariably state the numbers are pure fiction? Maury has the details on the finances of major league clubs.

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April 16, 2007 12:00 am

The Ledger Domain: A Look in the Black Book (Part I)

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Maury gets his hands on a little Black Book of payroll data for major league baseball.

See, it's Opening Day, and I found me a little black book full of numbers. No, not phone numbers, these numbers: the player payroll figures for all of them thar 30 MLB clubs. Yep, there's a bunch of money being thrown at players, and since you seem like the reasonable type, I thought I'd show you all the zeros in the book's ledger. Seems I have here the Opening Day payrolls for 2007. What? Well now, they seemed to add in 2006 and 2005 as well...

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April 9, 2007 12:00 am

The Ledger Domain: Breaking Down the Extra Innings Agreement

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Maury Brown

The deal's done, so who came out ahead between MLB, the various content providers, and the baseball-hungry public?

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March 26, 2007 12:00 am

The Ledger Domain: iN Demand and MLB Tussle Over Extra Innings

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Maury Brown

Maury unravels the latest on the Extra Innings story, and predicts where things might go from here.

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March 12, 2007 12:00 am

The Ledger Domain: Not a Done Deal...Yet

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Maury Brown

In a canny move, MLB puts the onus on cable companies to match the DirecTV offer.

"In response to those concerns of our fans, baseball has negotiated with DirecTV to offer the package to the incumbents," Major League Baseball President Bob DuPuy said at the announcement last Thursday. "I hope that those fans who have been directing their concerns to us over the last several weeks will now encourage their cable carriers to in fact enlist for this package."

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February 26, 2007 12:00 am

The Ledger Domain: The 2007 Salary Arbitration Results

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Maury Brown

Summing up the totals on the more than 100 players who filed for arbitration this offseason.

It was the foresight of Marvin Miller, just after Curt Flood lost his challenge of MLB's antitrust exemption in the Supreme Court, that set the stage for the creation of salary arbitration. Miller understood that trying to achieve free agency for players immediately after the Flood ruling was not going to be fruitful, so salary arbitration was offered as an alternative. With the exception of Gussie Busch and Charlie Finley, the owners accepted the process as part of the new deal. Miller saw this as one of the greatest achievements of his early career as executive director of the MLBPA. He correctly anticipated that even though some players would lose their arbitration cases, they would still see a boost to their salaries as compared to not having the process.

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February 19, 2007 12:00 am

The Ledger Domain: MLB Needs to Reconnect

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Maury Brown

Talking to Bob and Peter Bavasi, Maury reflects on the gulf between what attracts people to the game, and what might drive them from it.

Ignorance is learned; innocence is forgotten.
-José Bergamín, The Rocket and the Star

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