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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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05-29

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The Ledger Domain: MLBAM Wants You Wired
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Maury Brown

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Maury begins a savage journey to the heart of the new CBA by tackling how revenue sharing will look from 2007 on.

The CBA hasn't been ratified yet, and what has been released about it doesn't show the details that the final version will. Still, researching and interviewing several sources that have seen the details has painted a pretty clear picture.

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October 23, 2006 12:00 am

The Ledger Domain: Steve Lyons Speaks Out

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The former Fox Sports color man talks about his recent dismissal over on-air comments.

"It's a situation for me where I had probably the worst day of my professional life," said Lyons, reached at his home Thursday evening. "I got fired from Fox and was labeled a racist as they kicked me out the back door."

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October 17, 2006 12:00 am

The Ledger Domain: Ratings Time

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Fox executives are wearing David Wright jerseys this time of year, as the 2006 postseason ratings aren't exactly bowling over either the network or MLB.

Last year's postseason ratings weren't as good as the year prior, but it would have been hard to match 2004, what with the Red Sox winning the World Series after 85 years after coming back against the Yankees in the ALCS. A drop in viewers from that for the 2005 postseason had to be expected.

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Which teams get the most bang for their buck? Maury uses the Marginal Payroll/Marginal Wins formula to examine the most efficient teams of 2006.

There's something sweetly seductive about the stealthy nature of a Major League Baseball team that seems completely outgunned, yet at the end of the season, has overpowered teams that seemed stacked with more weapons than two, maybe three teams combined. It's that cold efficiency that gets us going--doing things right. But efficiency is really only part of the equation; as Drucker suggests, being effective is the key. You can be efficient all you like, but if the outcome isn't effective, or in this case, if it doesn't lead you to the promised land of the playoffs, then all the efficiency in the world is moot, right?

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Postseason tickets are increasingly hard to come by for the average fan. Maury investigates what clubs are doing to snub fans that can't afford to pay exorbitant ticket prices.

With MLB placing more emphasis on season ticket sales, fans with considerable disposable income, corporations, or sponsors are swooping up tickets that in the past might have been available to the general public at the ticket window. More and more, clubs are configuring new ticket package offerings that are tailored to get fans into long-term commitments. As an example, with a 50% deposit down on a 2007 Detroit Tigers full-season ticket package, you can get the chance to purchase 2006 League Championship and World Series home games. The increased methods of incentivizing individuals into investing in long-term commitments has increased dramatically in the past few seasons. Since those that make those investments many times have the right of first refusal for postseason tickets, clubs are only offering up a small fraction of the total seats available to the general public.

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September 24, 2006 12:00 am

The Ledger Domain: Perpetual Motion

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Maury comments on this weekend's protest in Baltimore, and tries to follow the minor league affiliate shuffle.

While the 2006 season is nearly at end, other aspects of MLB and its supporting systems are gearing up into a more active phase. I call it baseball's "Silly Season"--the time where clubs assess their upcoming budget and figure out whether a GM or manager might be moving along in favor of another. Many will have to deal with how their affiliated farm clubs are managed as contracts expire in cities from coast to coast--the part of the industry that is already in the offseason. This season of change can impact those that cover the business aspects of baseball, including me

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Derek Jeter earns more than the entire Marlins' 25-man roster.

While the Tigers have garnered a lot of attention this season due to their quick turnaround, you have to be fascinated with the Florida Marlins. Anibal Sanchez's no-hitter on September 6th certainly brought more attention to the club, but long before that, one had to look at the standings, the make-up of the team, and that Opening Day player payroll figure that was just under $15 million and say, "I never saw this coming."

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September 11, 2006 12:00 am

The Ledger Domain: Place Shifting and the MLBAM

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Following up on his blackout article, Maury introduces a new technology that empowers users, but could cause problems down the road for MLB.

We are drawn to our television sets each April the way we are drawn to the scene of an accident.
--Vincent Canby

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August 21, 2006 12:00 am

The Ledger Domain: Contents Under Pressure

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Maury tracks unstable situations in South Florida, U.S. District Court, the Bronx, and his e-mail inbox.

Jeffrey Loria v. Jeffrey Loria

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Maury has a guide to the recent court ruling in the CBC case concerning the rights to MLB player names and statistics.

In St. Louis on Tuesday--4 weeks before trial was set to begin on Sept. 5th--United States District Court Judge Mary Ann Medler upheld the argument by CBC Marketing, Inc. that MLB Advanced Media (MLBAM) and the MLB Players Association (MLBPA) could not force businesses to pay for statistics used in the online sports fantasy industry. Judge Melder ordered that CBC's Motion for Summary Judgment be granted and that the MLBPA and the MLBAM not interfere with CBC's fantasy games.

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Maury looks at the attendance data for both the Orioles and Nationals to see if there was anything to Peter Angelos' fears.

It's Brooks and Frank. It's Hondo and Short and the Griffiths. It's Camden Yards and the relocation of the Expos. In the case of one club, it's the admiration of fans that still cling to the greatness of its past, while the other tries to reconcile with a past that was, for the most part, horrid, while trying to forge a new identity. It's the Orioles and the Senators and now, the Nationals. The obsession has been daily for almost 6 years, and there seems to be no indication that it'll change.

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July 31, 2006 12:00 am

The Ledger Domain: Quietly, Collective Bargaining Begins

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Maury Brown

With the current CBA expiring in just a few months, the two sides have begun to talk about the next one.

Last Monday, Commissioner Selig was interviewed on XM 175's Baseball Beat with Charley Steiner. The whole transcript was made available to me through XM 175, and within it, there is this exchange:

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