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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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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 Brown

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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December 4, 2006 12:00 am

The Ledger Domain: Why the Free Spending?

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Maury Brown

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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July 24, 2006 12:00 am

The Ledger Domain: Blackout Blues

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Maury Brown

Fan outrage, contractual arcana, and management cynicism--and it has nothing to do with steroids?

In last week's article, I posted a small blurb simply reading, "If you are caught in the middle of a blackout dilemma, e-mail me," as well as on my blog, The Baseball Journals. To show how widespread this issue really is, I received my first email less than 30 seconds after my article posted.

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During the All-Star Break, MLB and Fox agreed to a broadcast partnership for another seven years. What does this mean? Maury takes a look.

As I sat watching this year's All-Star Game, wondering if the Nuttings and Kevin McClatchy would ever figure out that they're sitting on one-half of a great baseball club (the stadium), "television" kept coming to mind.

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Maury touches on baseball's new generation of golden gooses, and how many more eggs they may be laying.

"My philosophy, like color television, is all there in black and white"--Monty Python

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