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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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Maury Brown

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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Maury Brown

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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Maury Brown

06-05

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The Ledger Domain: Walter O'Malley and Marvin Miller For the Hall of Fame
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Maury Brown

05-29

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The Ledger Domain: MLBAM Wants You Wired
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Maury Brown

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Will it feed fan passions, or will a business decision cool their jets?

I bring all of this up now because for the better part of a month I have been immersed in research and correspondence with those who will be impacted by MLB's decision to make Extra Innings available only on DirecTV, and also discussing MLB's move with those that work in sports business or cover it from an analysis perspective. With the exception of three emails received, the fans that contacted me are flaming mad with the deal, and wish to still get out-of-market games through the existing carriers like cable and Echo Star's Dish Network, which will be dropped in America when the new deal is announced. (I will get to Canada shortly.)

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February 5, 2007 12:00 am

The Ledger Domain: The Effect of Regional Sports Networks

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Maury evaluates the proliferation of RSNs and their consequences on the financial state of franchises.

To that end, one of the single biggest influences over television has been the increased growth in regional sports networks, or RSNs. Every club is now broadcasted on an RSN, with some clubs being partial owners of them. Doing some research, here's a list of some RSNs that are controlled, or partly controlled, by MLB clubs:

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January 29, 2007 12:00 am

The Ledger Domain: Q&A with Branch Rickey III

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Running the Pacific Coast League is how this third-generation baseball man continues the family tradition of service to the game.

The name "Rickey" evokes a strong place in baseball history with Branch Rickey Jr.'s signing of Jackie Robinson to break the color barrier, as well as the same man's introduction and development of the farm system.

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January 22, 2007 12:00 am

The Ledger Domain: Risky Business

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Maury checks out the gambles taking place on the business side heading into the 2007 season.

NBA commissioner David Stern will get the trophy for the biggest gamble that didn't pay off this season (the composite basketball that the players hated), but Major League Baseball is more ripe for gaffs than other major sports. See the All-Star game tie and Spiderman II logos on the bases for a couple examples.

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DirecTV's potential deal to become the exclusive provider of MLB Extra Innings could lead Congress to examine the sport's antitrust exemption, or lead you to find a spot on the roof for a satellite dish.

John Orerand and Eric Fisher of the Sports Business Journal have reported that MLB is in advanced talks with DirecTV to make the satellite television company the exclusive provider of MLB Extra Innings. While Extra Innings was initially only offered on DirecTV in 1996, the package has been available on cable since 2001, and on Dish Network since 2004.

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The effects of last week's appeals-court ruling could go beyond MLB.

No, what transpired last week has to do with test results from 2003 and a United States appeals court. It has to do with the BALCO investigation. It has to do with the MLBPA. It also has to do with the Fourth Amendment and the Bill of Rights. The events of last week could create case law that impacts far more than professional sports and the use of illegal performance-enhancing drugs. If this ruling is upheld, it has the capacity to determine what is permissible as reasonable search-and-seizure in the electronic domain.

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December 19, 2006 12:00 am

The Ledger Domain: Fully Backloaded

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Having signed the highest paid Vernon in history, have the Blue Jays gone crazy, or are they so totally sane that J.P. Ricciardi just blew your mind?

Regardless of whether that second-place finish was a byproduct of the Red Sox collapsing, or the Blue Jays being that much better, owner Ted Rogers has opened up the pocketbook. General Manager J.P. Ricciardi and President Paul Godfrey have raised eyebrows by increasing player payroll; not by small increments, but by leaps and bounds in the hope that they're "this close" to getting into the postseason for the first time since 1993.

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December 4, 2006 12:00 am

The Ledger Domain: Why the Free Spending?

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Maury sorts through what has spurred on an already-wild winter market.

At the end of a particularly difficult college philosophy course, a professor warned the students of the difficult final that would be approaching them. "It will count greatly toward your grade," he noted. As the day of the test arrived, a tense air filled the classroom as the test was passed amongst the students. "You have the entire class to answer the final. Now, turn over your paper and begin." When the paper was turned over, there was simply one question… Why?

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November 27, 2006 12:00 am

The Ledger Domain: Cisco Field

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Maury takes you through what to expect from the new Fremont ballpark.

Ballpark architecture is functional art. The design of a baseball park has to be something more than just a work that presents an emotional response. It also has to serve its main purpose, creating a playing area for the game of baseball and seating for the fans. Since the construction of Orioles Park at Camden Yards in 1992, to some extent the design of ballparks has been focused on the emotional response to ballparks from our past-they're designed to remind us of a 'golden era' in the past.

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November 20, 2006 12:00 am

The Ledger Domain: The Sale of the Cubs

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Maury ponders the meaning of Jim Hendry's aggressive winter shopping for the pending sale of the game's lovable losers.

Within the industry, the Cubs are something of a mystery. They are the happy residents ensconced within the game's great jewel, Wrigley Field; they are seen by millions via WGN; they have money to burn. For all that, they've had little to show for it since 1908. They defy logic, spend like a drunken sailor on shore leave, pile up losing records, and nevertheless rake in revenues. Nowhere in professional sports has there been a team so consistently mediocre on the field, yet so consistently successful as a business over the last 20 years. The Cubs fly in the face of the conventional wisdom that winning fills the stands and losing keeps them empty.

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November 13, 2006 12:00 am

The Ledger Domain: Myths

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Maury examines some of the more persistent misbeliefs around the game.

Beyond those, there have been other myths as well. The media has reported that more than 75 million fans attended games this past season in MLB, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim name case is all but over, Bud Selig was a used-car salesman, and that Marvin Miller was the first choice to become the first executive director of the Players Association. These statements are no more true than the Doubleday fairy tale.

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How is the luxury tax changing in the new CBA, and what will clubs be able to do with money received? Maury's latest article on what the CBA means for baseball.

Today, I'll look at two more pieces of the CBA puzzle that are designed in place to bolster better competitive balance. As I previously noted, this look at the CBA comes without a ratified CBA in hand. You can guarantee that BP will be going over the finalized agreement with a fine-tooth comb, once it is made public.

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