köpa Seroquel på apoteket köpa Ayurslim på nätet kan man köpa Finax receptfritt på apoteket köpa Tamoxifen i tallinn beställa Trial Erection packs på nätet Coreg pris på apoteket hur kan man köpa Skelaxin lagligt att beställa Noroxin på nätet Brahmi pris i sverige viagra Hydrea köpa var köper man Flonase utan recept olagligt att beställa Myambutol på nätet köpa Mestinon kräm Orlistat liniment pris köpa Aldara orifarm köpa Erexin-V grekland köpa Carafate på kreta försäljning av Chloramphenicol Atorlip-10 kräm köpa är generisk Cymbalta farligt flytande Cardura dos köpa Fertomid gran canaria köpa Top Avana i butik stockholm bästa pris Diltiazem köpa Avalide spanien köpa Cozaar i lettland Deltasone eljo pris dosering Malegra k köpa Zofran internet köpa Flagyl ER egypten Myambutol utan recept spanien lagligt att beställa Sinequan på nätet Flonase dos migrän Bactroban oral jelly billig köpa Purim för tjejer vad är generisk Isoniazid köpa Acticin thailand kan man köpa Temovate i danmark lagligt beställa Propranolol Methotrexate första dos beställa Lukol pulver köpa Benadryl egypten Elimite lägre pris pris på Prinivil med recept beställa Tinidazole 2012 kan man köpa Lithium på apoteket hur köpa Tenormin kan man köpa Ranitidine på apoteket utan recept kan man köpa Pyridium spanien skaffa recept till Geriforte Caverta och träning dosering beställa Prograf på internet Methotrexate kräm pris beställa Calan på nätet lagligt köpa Zovirax från turkiet Proscar utan recept spanien köpa Top Avana i vietnam Doxazosin var köpa eljo Betapace uttag pris skaffa recept Trial Erection packs beställa Celebrex online fungerar generisk Charboleps Buspar köpa apoteket vill du köpa Tadalis Triamterene i sverige utan recept vart kan jag köpa Venlor Aspirin dosering rampfeber köpa riktig Yougara köpa Cephalexin säkert på nätet köpa Fluoxetine i frankrike köpa Abilify egypten var kan man köpa Cymbalta receptfritt köpa billigaste Zebeta köpa Zantac i spanien beställa Depakote på internet var köpa Triamterene billigt köpa Cholestoplex mot faktura i vilka länder kan man köpa Aldara receptfritt Alesse strömbrytare pris olagligt att beställa Amoxil köpa Silvitra på apoteket köpa Motrin på nätet flashback billig Trental på nätet lagligt köpa Minocycline köpa Zyrtec billig var köpa Slimex på nätet köpa Clomid postförskott köpa Keflex online 2012 skaffa recept Aleve vad är generisk Dilantin Shallaki recept FML Forte 10 mg köpa köpa Cipro lagligt i sverige var kan man köpa Slim Tea receptfritt Olanzapine hög dos köpa riktig Phexin köpa Serophene i apoteket Clomid usa köpa vem vill köpa Voveran köpa Ophthacare polen köpa Trental på nätet billigt Hyzaar liniment pris köpa Noroxin från turkiet olagligt att köpa Entocort eljo Mestinon bästa pris Kytril på apoteket pris bra ställe att köpa Himcolin hur få recept på Chloramphenicol hur köpa Abilify köpa Cialis på kanarieöarna köpa Claritin i tallinn köpa Cytotec estland kan man köpa Clozaril receptfritt kan man köpa Carbozyne i turkiet beställa billig Actos rekommenderad dos Tamoxifen köpa Neurontin i phuket Grifulvin V bästa pris köpa Trazodone i spanien Pariet tabletter pris sverige Zoloft dosering halsfluss beställa Diltiazem utomlands Minocycline billig dödlig dos av Provera köpa blå Yougara köpa Finpecia online 2013 olagligt att beställa Voveran på nätet köpa kvinnlig Benfotiamine Skelaxin köpa köpa Nizoral lagligt i sverige köpa Zyvox i indien Vasodilan dos nervositet köpa Provera inom eu köpa Albenza super active Urispas oral jelly köpa Tetracycline jelly köpa köpa Bactroban 2013 Renagel utan recept köpa Isoptin online billigt Alavert köpa flashback Diflucan köpa flashback köpa kvinnlig Proventil köpa Mobic på rhodos vad kan man köpa Clarina köpa Naltrexone 2013 köpa Duetact i amsterdam Slimex pris apotek sverige generisk Benicar biverkningar sänkt pris Cardizem vart kan man köpa Prednisone våga köpa Prometrium på nätet köpa Diakof tyskland köpa Levothroid säkert ställe att köpa Panmycin Nimotop bästa pris köpa äkta Epivir-HBV kan man köpa Himplasia i italien Carbozyne dosering urinvägsinfektion eljo Himplasia bästa pris Diclofenac utan recept i sverige köpa Atrovent inrikes bra ställe o köpa Motrin beställa Pamelor inrikes skaffa recept till Prednisone beställa Trental på internet köpa riktig Lithium Diltiazem köpa jord köpa Triamcinolone phuket pris Astelin sverige Doxazosin 100 billig kan man köpa Tadalis utan recept köpa Beconase AQ i sverige Bactrim i sverige utan recept köpa Prandin i spanien var köpa äkta Nimotop Cialis dosering rampfeber flytande Cyklokapron dos köpa Ralista i sverige köpa Proscar från sverige kan man köpa Erythromycin på gran canaria beställa Urispas på nätet flashback är generisk Urispas farligt kan man köpa Ethionamide på nätet hur ska man köpa Valtrex köpa eljo Shatavari köpa Slimex online 2013 Atrovent kräm köpa Pletal låg dos Vasotec turkiet pris köpa Cyklokapron i riga köpa Calan i tallin köpa Alavert på postförskott köpa Antivert flashback 2015 Cozaar på recept köpa Evecare i butik säkert att köpa Styplon på nätet köpa Anacin inrikes köpa Prometrium 20mg var kan man köpa Buspar på nätet köpa Epivir-HBV apoteket Zofran dosering till katt köpa Voltaren lagligt på nätet köpa Zyprexa apoteket dödlig dos Confido Kytril dosering vuxna kan man beställa Evista Doxazosin migrän dosering Augmentin till katt dosering Antabuse dosering lunginflammation lägsta pris på Plendil köpa Zyloprim inom eu köpa Topamax patong lagligt att beställa Keflex på nätet vill du köpa Big Appeal köpa Slimex i norge var köpa Zyloprim billigt köpa Atorlip-5 Himcolin till hund dosering köpa Diakof i sverige flashback köpa riktig Claritin rekommenderad dos Floxin Tetracycline köpa på nätet Yougara köpa flashback hur stor dos Ventolin ska man ta köpa Fosamax på gatan köpa Probalan i bangkok kan man beställa Aciphex köpa Tadapox i tallin Caverta dos migrän köp Rogaine 2 snabb leverans lagligt köpa Cephalexin bästa stället att köpa Lipitor Azulfidine online utan recept köpa Zithromax köpa Bystolic 400 mg Prinivil till katt dosering beställa Crestor utomlands Nexium k dosering lagligt att köpa Viramune på nätet Oxytrol sverige snabb leverans köpa Shallaki i butik stockholm beställa container Sildalis göteborg köpa Vasotec från turkiet hyra container Detrol pris köpa Lasuna för män Zantac i sverige utan recept vad kostar Lopressor på recept Tinidazole utan recept Benemid dosering ångest köpa Zoloft från sverige beställa Metformin på nätet 2014 sänkt pris Bupron SR köpa Tegretol tjeckien köpa Zenegra gran canaria Hydrea dosering ångest Zyrtec utan recept generisk Luvox i sverige Zocor bästa pris köpa Lanoxin stockholm Benfotiamine oral jelly billig beställa Dramamine var kan man köpa Nitrofurantoin receptfritt hur kan jag köpa Ayurslim lagligt att beställa Mircette för hög dos Coumadin köpa Cleocin tallinn försäljning Stromectol kan man köpa Himcolin utan recept Ciplox hexal köpa köpa laglig Indinavir Vytorin online utan recept köpa Haldol online 2013 köpa Zyban i usa Clonidine generisk Clonidine skillnad var kan jag köpa Mycelex-g beställa Zanaflex på nätet lagligt dosering Biaxin till hund köpa Lukol i lettland olagligt att beställa Premarin köpa Mestinon 50mg vart ska man köpa Cephalexin skillnad mellan generisk Zovirax köpa Toradol flashback 2014 Top Avana nervositet dos köpa Arava från sverige för hög dos Apcalis köpa Cytotec flashback 2013 pris Keflex på apoteket apoteket hjärtat Estrace pris köpa Erythromycin phuket köpa generisk Lozol online beställa Cholestoplex pulver köpa Aricept på nätet flashback Viramune uttag pris kan man köpa Levothroid receptfritt beställa Nasonex på faktura köpa Mestinon egypten skaffa recept till Olanzapine vart kan man köpa Pletal online köpa jord Xalatan dödlig dos av Yasmin köpa Benfotiamine grekland köpa Erexin-V i frankrike beställa Benadryl billig Lopressor snabb leverans kan man köpa Atarax i thailand köpa Seroquel för kvinnor Lipitor turkiet pris Precose köpa på nätet köpa Flagyl ER göteborg Metformin hög dos Tinidazole säker leverans Aricept snabbast leverans köpa eljo Pilex kan man köpa Copegus i england köpa Renagel i vietnam köpa Gasex i bangkok kan man köpa Sumycin på gran canaria Diovan dos migrän viagra Naprosyn köpa köpa Shuddha amsterdam köpa Zyrtec amsterdam lagligt beställa Himplasia köpa Tadapox thailand köpa Flagyl ER på postförskott köpa Cefadroxil i usa kan man köpa Beconase AQ i england köpa Serevent i helsingborg Bactroban migrän dosering köpa Toprol teneriffa beställa container Haldol Acivir gel pris apoteket köpa Coreg sverige 2012 hur får man recept på Nimotop köpa Orlistat köpenhamn rekommenderad dos Xenical kan man köpa Cipro på apoteket bästa sidan att köpa Cardizem köpa Anacin i göteborg köpa Cabgolin på gatan Minomycin liniment pris köpa Clonidine flashback 2014 kan man köpa Doxycycline i sverige köpa Aleve tallinn kan man köpa Orlistat i grekland köpa Vasotec på rhodos köpa Xalatan apotek köpa Kamagra på kanarieöarna köpa Probalan 10 mg köpa Rocaltrol malmö Confido vet dosering köpa billiga Zanaflex köpa Cipro flashback Benzac mot ångest dos säkra sidor att köpa Finax köpa Bonnispaz turkiet Pyridium dosering till katt Cardizem snabb leverans Differin dos migrän flytande Keftab dos köpa Big Appeal 10mg dosering Keftab till hund pris på Doxycycline i sverige köpa Accutane i london beställa blå Serevent generisk Doxycycline sverige köpa Kemadrin göteborg Aldactone plåster pris köpa Anacin i sverige flashback kan man köpa Zenegra receptfritt på apoteket köpa Arimidex 400 mg köpa Arcoxia butik Phexin vägguttag pris hur kan jag köpa Chloroquine bästa stället att köpa Elimite var köpa Baclofen beställa Zoloft på internet köpa Stromectol super active lägsta pris Amantadine Lasix online snabb leverans är det farligt att köpa Prinivil på nätet köpa Cymbalta på internet Actoplus köpa jord säker sida att köpa Proscar köpa Benzac sverige är det olagligt att köpa Seroquel på nätet Valtrex snabb leverans beställa container Betapace Prednisolone på recept Haldol dos nervositet behövs recept för Finax i spanien köpa Florinef på kanarieöarna Prazosin till katt dosering köpa Premarin receptfritt pris Anafranil turkiet beställa Viramune från thailand köpa laglig V-gel Seroflo dosering första gången köpa Keftab i ungern bästa pris på Protonix Vantin gel pris apoteket Kemadrin pris apoteket hjärtat var köpa Bentyl flashback Bystolic beställa container Proventil i sverige utan recept vart kan man köpa Ciplox Septilin pulver köpa köpa Alli i riga Zofran duo leverans Skelaxin strömbrytare pris Tofranil snabb leverans köpa Lexapro 100mg generisk Seroflo i sverige snabb leverans av Atorlip-20 Cholestoplex dos första gången Olanzapine oral jelly köpa kan man köpa Propecia i turkiet köpa generisk Aciclovir kan man köpa Liponexol på apoteket var kan man köpa Cleocin receptfritt Chloromycetin snabb leverans sverige kan man köpa Hyzaar på mallorca köpa Femara från england Suprax hög dos beställa billig Eurax köpa billiga Confido är det olagligt att köpa Benzac billig Benzac sverige Fucidin pris apotek sverige köpa Zestoretic i barcelona apoteket Tegretol gel pris Alesse gel pris apoteket hyra container Diarex pris Nizagara turkiet pris fungerar generisk Alli Clomid online snabb leverans köpa Strattera internet köpa Tofranil på teneriffa köpa Zoloft orifarm köpa Motilium i riga bästa stället att köpa Etodolac på Atarax pris apotek sverige Accutane köpa apoteket köpa kvinnlig Prazosin Cephalexin dödlig dos köpa Dipyridamole säkert billig Phexin snabb leverans köpa Coumadin billig Temovate dosering föredrag i vilka länder kan man köpa Imitrex receptfritt köpa Bystolic i london var kan man köpa NPXL beställa hem Bestina viagra Albendazole köpa generisk Hydrochlorothiazide snabb leverans köpa Lariam internet var kan jag köpa Rizact snabb leverans av Abana var kan man beställa Azulfidine Diclofenac shampoo köpa Xenical mot ångest dos bästa sidan att köpa Lotrisone köpa Grifulvin V mot postförskott köpa Yougara barcelona lägre pris på Zanaflex beställa Micronase pulver pris på Eulexin med recept köpa Noroxin estland säkert att köpa Nizagara på nätet hur få recept på Minomycin försäljning av Ponstel köpa Decadron flashback pris för Antabuse kan man köpa Diakof på apoteket utan recept beställa billig Doxycycline köpa Clozaril på gran canaria köpa Finax kräm beställa Zocor online bästa pris på Abana Actoplus vilken dos lagligt att köpa Cholestoplex köpa Avalide estland köpa kvinnlig Dulcolax beställa Actonel lagligt billig Flagyl ER sverige köpa Combivent prag beställa Alavert utomlands köpa Minocin nätet var köpa Aygestin på nätet köpa Alli i kina vågar man köpa Arava på nätet Atorlip-10 oral jelly billig var kan jag köpa Lukol var kan jag köpa Fertomid lägsta pris Naprosyn Copegus pris sverige köpa Nimotop seriöst är det recept på Aleve köpa Acivir snabbt Seroquel migrän dos
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Monday, 22 November 2010 22:02

Last Week in Bizball by Pete Toms

This week in “Last Week in BizBall”, Major League Baseball Advanced Media comes under criticism, reaction to Cubs request for public investment in Wrigley Field, plus tidbits.

MLBAM COMES UNDER CRITICISM

Major League Baseball Advanced Media (MLBAM, aka BAM), the digital arm of MLB, is widely acknowledged as the “best in class” amongst the “big 4” in distributing online video. Both MLB.com’s “out of market” offering of live games, MLB.tv, and the “At Bat“ mobile app have proven enormously popular with baseball fans. BAM’s status as the industry leader in streaming video is evidenced by their providing of back end technology to the likes of MMOD (March Madness on Demand) and ESPN3. But for all BAM’s success, there are those in MLB who believe BAM is too powerful. Those critics question if BAM plays too large a role in areas that would be better exploited by either individual clubs or third party rights holders. Specifically, team and league wireless rights, in-stadium wireless, in-market streaming of live games, control of online video “highlights” (ie. ESPN.com broadcasts highlights of MLB games but RSNs - many owned, at least in part, by clubs, don’t have access to online video) and ticketing (both primary and secondary). (see more here) BAM has also antagonized some fans by restricting use of video on blogs. (see MLB Doesn’t Seem to Understand the Internet and follow the links within)

More recently, concerns about the omnipotence of BAM have been expressed by MLB rights holders. Some of these rights holders have expressed frustration at having to negotiate separate rights deals with MLB and MLBAM. These same agencies and rights holders prefer the model of the other “big 4” where TV, broadband and mobile rights are bundled together in one package. LWIB, a report in SportsBusiness Journal titled MLB's Split Squad described a growing rift between MLB and MLBAM. According to SBJ, there are some within MLB who describe a “feud” between two of the league’s most important executives, Tim Brosnan, MLB executive vice president of business, and Bob Bowman, MLBAM president and CEO. Changes to BAM’s role within MLB could be soon forthcoming. The departure of MLB President and COO Bob DuPuy has resulted in both Brosnan and Bowman now reporting directly to Commissioner Selig. Dynamics at the top of the MLB hierarchy have also been impacted by the recent departure of sponsorship chief John Brody and the appointment of Royals owner David Glass as BAM chairman (succeeding DuPuy). More pragmatically, MLB’s national TV contracts expire in 2013. Presently, TV rights are sold by MLB, digital rights (broadband and mobile) are sold by BAM. According to the SBJ report, media companies are already telling MLB that they must bundle together the rights to all platforms in future negotiations.

As the SBJ report describes, the recent carriage dispute between Cablevision and Fox, which resulted in Games 1 and 2 of the World Series being unavailable to 3 million NYC area Cablevision subscribers, exemplifies the sometimes bizarre relationship between BAM and MLB.

After Fox went dark on the MSO’s New York-area systems, Cablevision told subscribers that it would reimburse them if they bought a subscription to MLB.TV, which would allow its customers access to MLB’s postseason.

For Fox, which pays MLB $257 million in annual rights fees, it was a move that damaged its leverage during the messy carriage dispute.

Angry Fox executives complained to MLB brass over e-mail and at AT&T Park, during the first two games of the World Series, according to sources with knowledge of the talks. Little could be done. Brosnan, Fox’s main MLB contact, had no direct power to address the concerns of one of his biggest rights holders, since he does not control MLB’s digital programming. Bowman told Fox that he couldn’t control Cablevison’s marketing but promised not to market the service directly to affected communities.

BAM is now 10 years old and it’s role within MLB is evolving along with the broader changes in the digital world. Previous debates between the league, owners and BAM over control of broadband video, web sites and ticketing might now be secondary to control of ever more important wireless rights. As I wrote earlier this year, the $720 million dollar rights fee that the NFL negotiated with Verizon led many to question BAM’s approach to wireless.

Last week’s wireless windfall for the NFL brought attention to BAM’s wireless strategy, some of it critical in nature. BAM‘s approach to wireless is unique amongst the “big 4” in that they are the only league that does not have an “exclusive” wireless deal. Instead BAM has focused on building apps for a broad range of wireless providers and devices, believing that the broadest possible distribution of their wireless content was more beneficial to MLB than an “exclusive” partnership.

The aforementioned SBJ report questions not only BAM’s league-wide wireless strategy but also their role in individual club’s wireless sponsorships:

“The size of the Verizon NFL deal [a reported four-year, $720 million agreement] makes you wonder if there isn’t a joint rights deal they could be cashing in on,” said Kern Egan, principal at Richards Sports & Entertainment, which has cut BAM deals for Fruit of the Loom and MLB deals for Firestone.

At the club level, BAM’s rights also make wireless activation a challenge. Wireless is one of sports’ richest sponsorship categories, and a team’s wireless partner is severely restricted without signing an additional deal with BAM.

“If we want to do anything wireless in my ballpark, BAM’s got to be involved,” sighed a big-city MLB team marketer.

In June, I blogged about BAM’s “At the Ballpark” “check in app”. I’m not interested in geolocation technologies per se, but I did, and do, wonder if this is another example of a BAM solution being imposed on clubs who would prefer implementing their own. At the time, I asked one franchise CIO his opinion of BAM’s involvement in “in-stadium wireless” and although he would not comment on-the-record, he made it clear that he would prefer to innovate in that area independently of BAM.

SELECT READ MORE TO SEE MORE ON MLBAM, THE RESPONSE TO CUBS REQUEST FOR PUBLIC FUNDS IS MOSTLY NEGATIVE, PLUS THIS WEEK'S TIDBITS

After years of negotiations between BAM, MLB, individual clubs, RSNs and cable operators over how best to exploit the rights to “live in-market” streaming of games over the internet, the industry consensus appears to be that the whole initiative has been a flop. The NFL has never pursued this strategy but the other of the “big 4” have failed in their attempts to popularize “live in-market streaming.” The 10 MLB season ended with only two franchises (Yankees and Padres) offering “live in-market streaming” and in both instances the response from fans has been practically nil. But more recently, there has been renewed optimism amongst the leagues that there is a healthy market for “live in-market” games delivered digitally, but not over broadband but via wireless. The NFL’s aforementioned deal with Verizon allows the wireless provider to distribute live games. This marks a seismic change in the NFL’s approach to wireless. Previously the NFL had more closely controlled access to their live games than any of the “big 4”, fearing cannibalization of their enormous rights deals with over the air, cable and sat broadcasters. The NHL, the most digitally innovative of the “big 4”, are working hard with Fox Sports Net (which has rights to 13 NHL teams) to “unlock mobile rights” to live games. Along with the aforementioned “MLB’s Split Squad”, SBJ published a companion piece titled Live local streaming dries up. Within the piece, BAM President and CEO Bob Bowman acknowledges that the future of “in-market live streaming” is likely a wireless one:

“We may not have realized this initially, but it’s definitely more likely to be a wireless product in the future, something utilized on mobile,” he said. “Reaching that consumer on the go, on the train, with their local game, we believe, could be a powerful proposition. But the question of how we sell it, how we monetize it, whether we even think about selling this by the day, is something not yet fully determined. But I do think we’ll get more teams in the future. And I still think that MLB.TV, which really didn’t begin to take off until its third and fourth years and is now exceeding expectations, is an instructive lesson here.”

The role of BAM within MLB always has been contentious and likely will remain so. The reason behind that is not technological but rather evolves from BAM’s mandate to centralize digital revenues. As rights holders and fans expect MLB to be available over an increasing number of platforms unimaginable when BAM was formed 10 years ago, BAM’s role in driving and controlling those digital revenue streams will remain the source of much debate.

RESPONSE TO CUBS REQUEST FOR PUBLIC FUNDS MOSTLY NEGATIVE

Last week I brought attention to the Cubs proposal that the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority issue up to $300 million in tax-exempt bonds to finance renovations to privately owned Wrigley Field. The bonds would be repaid over 35 years from the growth in amusement tax revenues generated at Wrigley from annual increases in ticket and concession prices. Illinois General Assembly. Senate President John Cullerton has agreed to sponsor the bill during the fall veto session. LWIB, local and state politicians weighed in on the proposal as did many pundits. Save for one high profile writer, Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune, the reaction was uniformly negative. Illinois Governor Pat Quinn was quoted:

“I’m skeptical of the whole proposal,” Quinn told reporters today at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago. “They haven’t shown it to me. Apparently they don’t think I’m as important as some others, and I am important in this matter because I’m a goalie for the people of Illinois to make sure they get their priorities addressed.”

AND

“These are private owners of a baseball team,” Quinn said. “They spent almost a billion dollars buying it. They knew what they were buying. And then to be coming to the people of Illinois for assistance now, after an election, I think it isn’t a top priority.”

In the same report, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley was quoted as saying the proposal is “well intentioned” but it has “some serious problems”. Mayor Daley announced in September that he will not see re-election.

The editorial in the Chicago Tribune (Tribune Co. maintains a 5% stake in the Cubs) was resoundingly opposed to the Cubs proposal. “Ricketts sees his plan as a win-win partnership; we see a lopsided arrangement under which taxpayers assume the costs and risks to upgrade a privately owned stadium for one of baseball's most profitable franchises — at a time when the city, county and state are worse than broke.” Three days later the Tribune published a piece from editorial board member Steve Chapman titled, Is it time to tear down Wrigley Field? The piece was subtitled, Proposed financing deal would be a waste. The Chicago Sun-Times editorial on the proposal was titled Let the Cubs pay for their own fixer-upper.

Cubs owner Tom Ricketts was widely quoted as saying that if this proposal is rejected he has no “Plan B” to fund renovations to Wrigley Field. Ed Sherman of Crain’s Chicago Business reacted by suggesting a number of alternatives, including selling naming rights to the ballpark and personal seat licenses. Neil deMause wrote that while the proposal has little chance of passing, perhaps the Cubs have succeeded in their real goal of framing the future debate around renovating Wrigley Field. “…for running-stuff-up-the-flagpole purposes, it seems to have worked fine: State Senate President John Cullerton said he's open to other funding ideas, and Ricketts said the same thing, so expect a discussion to follow not of whether to fund Wrigley renovations, but how. And amidst all the hoopla, everyone seems to have forgotten that Ricketts promised last year that he wouldn't seek public money for Wrigley, so on that count, it's all working according to plan.

TIDBITS

  • The Oakland A’s and Tampa Bay Rays want new ballparks, we all know that. Like most of you, I’ve tired of the drawn out politics surrounding efforts in both markets. However, LWIB a few reports caught my eye. Ballpark Digest reported on a new proposal from the city of Oakland for a new waterfront ballpark. BD astutely observes that the new Oakland mayor is strongly onside with keeping the A’s in Oakland. More interesting is the observation that A’s owner Lew Wolff donated $25,000 to the campaign of a failed mayoral candidate who said he would not attempt to block the A’s planned move. Also from BD, Pinellas County commissioners might soon authorize using bed tax revenues to help fund construction of a new ballpark for the Rays.

  • I’ve been following here the off season struggles of the independent Northern, Golden and United Leagues. LWIB the speculation that the three leagues would merge into one became a reality. The new league is the North American League. (press release here) The plan is that the NA League will field 16-20 teams next season. Independent baseball watcher Bob Wirz questioned if that plan is realistic. J.J. Cooper wrote in Baseball America:

The new league will have what has to be the largest geographic footprint in minor league baseball history. It will stretch from Maui, Hawaii, up to Canada (Edmonton and Calgary), across to the Chicago area (where the remaining Northern League teams were located) and down to Texas (where the United League's teams play).

Under the new league's plan, each of the three groups of teams will play 75 percent of their games against teams in their old league, with the other 25 percent of the roughly 90-100 game schedule to be played against teams from other areas.


Pete Toms is senior writer for the Business of Sports Network, most notably, The Biz of Baseball. He looks forward to your comments and can be contacted through The Biz of Baseball.

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