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June 4, 2009 12:56 pm

The Biz Beat: 21st Century Labor Issues

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Shawn Hoffman

With Sonia Sotomayor headed for the highest bench, the specter of past labor wars inspires a review of the fights to come.

Did Sonia Sotomayor save baseball? Not exactly, but she did make a lot of people happy by effectively ending the strike of 1994-95. This past week, with Sotomayor being nominated to the Supreme Court, we've been able to relive that spring, and it's been a pretty good reminder of how far baseball has come. The last two CBAs have been signed without a work stoppage, and the current one was finished before the old one had even expired.

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May 21, 2009 11:28 am

The Biz Beat: Conceiving a New Contract

11

Shawn Hoffman

What MLB can learn from the NFL's labor pains.

For decades, the NFL has been considered the model pro sports league, thanks to a system that promotes fiscal parity and, as a result, strong competitive balance between small- and large-market teams. The league has consistently won enormous national media contracts, which have allowed all 32 teams to be profitable, almost regardless of how many tickets or sponsorships they sell. Add in some local revenue sharing and a narrow payroll cap/floor system, and the result is a socialistic system that has kept everyone happy, at least on the surface.

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May 7, 2009 12:04 pm

The Biz Beat: Affiliate Programs

12

Shawn Hoffman

A new way for Major League Baseball to sell lots of tickets, and lots of other stuff for that matter.

Being a blogger is an interesting existence. You can spend hours each week on something that isn't your job, and brings no financial return. Trying to make any money off of Google ads is like trying to make lemonade out of tomatoes-after a year and a half and almost 300 posts on Squawking Baseball, I'm just now reaching the coveted $100 level, at which point Google will actually be willing to send me a check.

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April 30, 2009 11:17 am

The Biz Beat: Yankee Ticket Pricing

20

Shawn Hoffman

A massive miscalculation, or a minor item of concern for the team's new ATM/venue?

"It's incomprehensible that you watch a game, and there will be front-row seats empty."
—Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber, on the new Yankee Stadium.


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April 24, 2009 12:37 pm

The Biz Beat: Forbes on Baseball

7

Shawn Hoffman

The annual report on baseball's financial health tells us some things we didn't know, but confirms others.

Forbes came out with its annual Business of Baseball report this week, including the magazine's estimates of each team's financial performance and current value. By the time you read this, Bud Selig and a few team execs will have probably called the numbers ludicrous, or worse. Regardless, they're still our best source for MLB financial data, and at the very least, they make for some interesting conversation.

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April 16, 2009 12:01 pm

The Biz Beat: Give it Away, Give it Away Now

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Shawn Hoffman

Major League Baseball struggles to come to terms with a swiftly evolving marketplace where much of what you have to sell may be best offered for free.

Through a number of technological and legal means, [MLB has] tried like crazy to maintain control over what their customers consume. They've failed, like most entities not named De Beers. The result is a huge base of "Open Source" MLB entertainment... Open source has provided MLB with an entirely new engine for generating fan interest, one they could not have developed on their own.
-Gary Huckabay, BP 2009


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April 9, 2009 11:45 am

The Biz Beat: Exploiting the Down Times

5

Shawn Hoffman

Does a bum economy mean that the rich will get richer at the deadline?

In a down market, patience tends to be the ultimate virtue. The Phillies jumped the gun this winter and signed Raul Ibaez for three years and $31.5 million; the Angels waited everyone else out, and picked up Bobby Abreu for some loose change and an expired Best Buy gift card. Cash-rich teams should remember this in July, when the trade market inevitably shifts in their favor. With the economy still taking a beating and attendance expected to sag, a number of small- and mid-market teams (especially those that fall out of contention) could end up in a major cash crunch by midseason. That should open up some significant opportunities for those teams that are willing to take on salary, as cash gains value relative to prospects.

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April 2, 2009 12:41 pm

The Biz Beat: A Look at the Year Ahead

5

Shawn Hoffman

Action on the game's balance sheets might not be as exciting as what's on the diamond, but the industry faces its share of challenges.

The world is a different place than it was a year ago, when AIG was just another insurance company, and a bailout was something more suited for Pacman Jones than General Motors. Even as baseball is coming off of a year of record revenues and eight percent year-over-year growth, the tone has been uncertain, if not entirely grim. Pre-season ticket sales are down, even with most teams cutting or freezing prices, and GM's demise is leading sponsorship sales down. Bud Selig has been preaching caution at every opportunity, bringing in the big guns when necessary. Most teams have sensibly heeded his advice-this winter's free-agent market was decidedly cool, apart from the Yankees' binge.

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