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Press Release: The Biz of Baseball Upgrades with Twitter Access
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Monday, 10 August 2009 01:15

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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"BIZ" SITES GO SOCIAL NETWORKING WITH TWITTER

SITES ADD ABILITY TO POST TO TWITTER DIRECTLY, EACH SITE NOW HAS TWITTER ACCOUNT

The Business of Sports Network announced today that has made "going social" part of each of their award winning sites in two dynamic ways that will get you more info, more often by adding Twitter to all of the sites within the Network's family, including The Biz of Baseball, The Biz of Basketball, The Biz of Football, and The Biz of Hockey. The additions mean breaking news and information will be available to those using the popular social networking location.

"Social networking is not just a fad, it has become a powerful tool for sports information as leagues, those that report on sports in the media, and professional athletes continue to break news via Twitter, "said Maury Brown, founder and president of the Business of Sports Network. "The addition of Twitter to the Business of Sports Network family of sites is something we are excited about as we look to continue to offer new ways of giving our readers the best information on the business of sports."

Each Biz Site Now on Twitter
Getting even more great content from the Business of Sports Network now comes through individual accounts for each site on the popular social networking application, Twitter. Get breaking news, information from those that we follow. Follow the Business of Sports Network sites through the following locations:

The Biz of Baseball on Twitter

The Biz of Basketball on Twitter

The Biz of Football on Twitter

The Biz of Hockey on Twitter

Post to Twitter Directly from the Biz Sites
Looking to make each of the Business of Sports Network sites even more interactive, you can now post directly to Twitter from each of the "Biz" sites on any page, anytime. Each of the sites now comes with Tweetboard functionality that allows you to login to your account, and post by clicking on a tab provided across each page of the sites, expanding the Twitter interface.

Look for updates 24/7/365 from the staff at the Business of Sports Network to the Twitter accounts, as well as updates from Maury Brown, founder and president of the Business of Sports Network.

ABOUT THE BUSINESS OF SPORTS NETWORK:
The Business of Sports Network is a series of resources dedicated to sports news outside the lines. The network includes The Biz of Baseball, The Biz of Football, The Biz of Basketball, The Biz of Hockey, and our portal, the Business of Sports Network. The focus of BSN is on providing coverage of breaking news events in sports as it happens, provide expert analysis, provide interviews with those that work in sports business, and provide data and documents to allow readers to see deep into the issues and news confronting sports today.

All the sites across the Business of Sports Network provide the following:

  • Reporting on news, as it happens, at the major, minor, and collegiate levels.
  • Provide interviews with sports executives, or those in the media that cover sports.
  • Data and documents
  • Thought provoking original articles and commentary from the staff at the Business of Sports Network

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The Biz of Baseball Enters Content Partnership with 3P Sports
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Written by the Staff   
Thursday, 09 July 2009 15:39

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Today, the Business of Sports Network, which includes the award-winning The Biz of Baseball, entered into a content partnership with 3P Sports (www.3PSports.com) that will see articles on biomechanical analysis, physical conditioning, behavioral coaching and beyond.

3PSports.com was founded by former Chicago White Sox, Toronto Blue Jay, Oakland A’s and NY Mets pitching coach Rick Peterson and Jim Duquette who is the former Vice President for Baseball Operations for the Baltimore Orioles, and a longtime member of the Mets front office where he worked for 14 years. Today Duquette is a National Baseball Analyst for Sirius / XM radio and for MLB.com.

The stories that will run on The Biz of Baseball will not only tap into Peterson and Duquette’s expertise, but from the incredible 3P Sports advisory staff which includes Al Leiter, Tom Glavine, Harvey Dorfman, Dr. James Andrews and Dr. Glenn Fleisig of the American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI), and conditioning coach Jeff Mangold.

As part of bringing this new and exciting content to The Biz of Baseball, the Business of Sports Network is bringing on Gary Armida to the staff as a contributor. Armida formerly ran Full Count Pitch and has worked with 3P Sports on prior articles. Armida, as well as Maury Brown, the President of the Business of Sports Network, will be authoring these upcoming stories.

“We are extremely excited to be working with 3P Sports to bring articles that those that work in amateur and professional baseball can use to improve their baseball skills,” said Maury Brown, President of the Business of Sports Network. “The incredible well of expertise that 3P Sports offers will be a fantastic addition to The Biz of Baseball.”

"Having worked with The Biz of Baseball before, we know the quality and reach it offers," said Rick Peterson. "We look forward to this working relationship."

"The Biz of Baseball is well respected, and gives 3P Sports a solid platform to inform players at the amateur and professional levels how to improve their skills and prevent injury," said Jim Duquette.

Look for the first article shortly on BizofBaseball.com

For more 3P Sports and Rick Peterson see the following SI.com article: Mechanical Engineer


ABOUT THE BUSINESS OF SPORTS NETWORK:

The Business of Sports Network is a series of resources dedicated to sports news outside the lines. The network includes The Biz of Baseball, The Biz of Football, The Biz of Basketball, The Biz of Hockey, and our portal, the Business of Sports Network. The focus of BSN is on providing coverage of breaking news events in sports as it happens, provide expert analysis, provide interviews with those that work in sports business, and provide data and documents to allow readers to see deep into the issues and news confronting sports today.

All the sites across the Business of Sports Network provide the following:

  • Reporting on news, as it happens, at the major, minor, and collegiate levels.
  • Provide interviews with sports executives, or those in the media that cover sports.
  • Data and documents
  • Thought provoking original articles and commentary from the staff at the Business of Sports Network

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On Monday: An Interview with Dr. Harvey Schiller, President of the International Baseball Federation
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Written by Maury Brown   
Saturday, 27 June 2009 17:37

Harvey SchillerFor those that have an interest in seeing baseball return to the Olympics in 2016, or how baseball is growing internationally, this interview will be a must read.

In our continuation of interviews with those making news in the field of sports business, we are pleased to announce an upcoming interview with Dr. Harvey Schiller, President of the International Baseball Federation (IBAF).

Dr. Schiller is formerly the President of TBS Sports, Southeastern Conference commissioner, and CEO of YankeeNets, as well as a former director of the U.S. Olympic Committee. He was elected as the president of the IBAF 2007.

Founded in 1938, the International Baseball Federation is a non-governmental organisation recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as administering men’s and women’s baseball at the world level. Located in Lausanne , Switzerland – the Olympic Capital – and counting 125 National Member Federations, the IBAF organises the IBAF Men’s and Women’s Baseball World Cup, the AAA (18U) and AA (16U) World Championships, the Olympic Games Baseball Tournament, and it sanctions the World Baseball Classic, among other international baseball tournaments. The IBAF works to develop and grow the game of baseball around the world.

Look for the interview with Dr. Schiller late Sunday night, early Monday morning


Maury BrownMaury Brown is the Founder and President of the Business of Sports Network, which includes The Biz of Baseball, The Biz of Football, The Biz of Basketball and The Biz of Hockey. He is contributor to Baseball Prospectus, and is available as a freelance writer. Brown's full bio is here. He looks forward to your comments via email and can be contacted through the Business of Sports Network.

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Maury Brown on Sirius/XM MLB Homeplate at 6:30pm ET, Cubs Sale
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Thursday, 18 June 2009 16:49

Maury BrownMaury Brown, the founder and president of the Business of Sports Network, which includes The Biz of Baseball, will be on Sirius/XM MLB Homeplate (XM 175 and Sirius 210) at 6:30pm ET (3:30pm PT).

The segment with Brown will center on the sale of the Cubs no longer being an exclusive agreement between the Tribune Co. and Thomas Ricketts, with a group comprised of Marc Utay and Leo Hindery reengaging in the bidding process.

OTHER NEWS ACROSS THE BUSINESS OF SPORTS NETWORK:

BREAKING: Major Teams in F1 to Break Away, Form Own Series - BusinessofSportsNetwork.com


The Biz of Baseball is part of the Business of Sports Network. For details on our interviews, latest new on MLB, the NFL, the NBA,and the NHL from outside the lines, check www.businessofsportsnetwork.com for information and links to the Network's sites.

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LEAVE A CAPTION: Maury Brown, David Brooks, David Axelrod, and Robert Gibbs
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Written by Maury Brown   
Thursday, 28 May 2009 00:51
Eavesdropping

The Biz of Baseball works diligently every day to bring you a professional face to covering the game off the diamond, but we couldn't help but see a chance to allow readers to have some fun.

 

It's not everyday that I'm pictured with Washington, D.C. heavyweights, but that was the case this week when Washingtonian Magazine has me as part of their "Eavesdropping..." section. Please note, I am the only one not wearing a suit, showing how "loose" I am should any paparazzi come calling.

So, leave a caption on this clear case of "One of These Things Doesn't Belong Here". Pictured along side me is columnist David Brooks; Presidential adviser, David Axelrod, and; White House press secretrary Robert Gibbs


Maury BrownMaury Brown is the Founder and President of the Business of Sports Network, which includes The Biz of Baseball, The Biz of Football, The Biz of Basketball and The Biz of Hockey. He is contributor to Baseball Prospectus, and is available as a freelance writer. Brown's full bio is here. He looks forward to your comments via email and can be contacted through the Business of Sports Network.

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2009 BBWAA Badge List Now on The Biz of Baseball
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Written by Maury Brown   
Sunday, 17 May 2009 18:38
BBWAA

For those interested in the membership of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA), The Biz of Baseball has now been updated with the 2009 "Badge List" – a list of the current members, all 725 of them.

The list is broken down by year each writer joined, from Seymour Siwoff of the Elias Sports Bureau in 1952, to Dot Com-ers Will Carroll and Christina Kahrl of Baseball Prospectus, and Rob Neyer, and Keith Law of ESPN.com that were included to the ranks this year.

As mentioned, there are 725 badge members, but don’t think that they are all voting for baseball’s premier award -- the Hall of Fame. For that, you have to wait... and wait... and wait... 10 years, to be exact.

Another thing to note: We didn’t get last year’s list, but we have the list from May of 2007, and there is a clear sign that the sucker punch that the print industry is taking has hit the rolls of the BBWAA. From 2007 to 2009 the list has gone from 785 to 725, or a decline of 8.28 percent. In another sign that the print industry is under the weight of the economy and changing habits of news readers, Colorado Chapter Chair Jack Etkin is listed without a publication affiliation. Etkin was formerly with the Rocky Mountain News, which recently folded just 2 months shy of its 150 year anniversary.

This year’s listing has been updated with not only the Chapter leaders, but the Officers, and the Board of Directors.

Enjoy by selecting the following link, or access it from our navigation section to the left under “Resources”:

BBWAA - Badge List


Maury BrownMaury Brown is the Founder and President of the Business of Sports Network, which includes The Biz of Baseball, The Biz of Football, The Biz of Basketball and The Biz of Hockey. He is contributor to Baseball Prospectus, and is available as a freelance writer. Brown's full bio is here. He looks forward to your comments via email and can be contacted through the Business of Sports Network.

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Upcoming Interview: MLB Network’s Matt Vasgersian
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Written by Maury Brown   
Friday, 08 May 2009 16:25

Matt VasgersianThe interview was conducted today, and we’re looking to publish on Monday. The interview subject is MLB Network’s Matt Vasgersian.

Topics include the Manny Ramirez suspension, how MLB Network’s atmosphere changes when stories such as the Ramirez suspension or A-Rod story breaks, his thoughts on all the empty premium seats at ballparks across the league, what teams that are surprisingly at the top of the standings now might be there at the end of the season, how he embraces the blogsphere, and finally, what exactly happened after he went off-the-air on the day he compared a member of the Rockies' EMT staff to Eagles QB Donovan McNabb while a clip was shown of Rockies RF Brad Hawpe being carted off the field with a serious neck injury, and much more.

Look for the interview as early as Monday on The Biz of Baseball

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Maury BrownMaury Brown is the Founder and President of the Business of Sports Network, which includes The Biz of Baseball, The Biz of Football, The Biz of Basketball and The Biz of Hockey. He is contributor to Baseball Prospectus, and is available as a freelance writer. Brown's full bio is here. He looks forward to your comments via email and can be contacted through the Business of Sports Network.

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Maury Brown Interview Featured on USA Today Online
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Friday, 08 May 2009 14:48

USA Today Sports WeeklyWhile a small portion of an interview with Stephen Borelli of USA Today runs on page 11 of this week’s edition of USA Today Sports Weekly, the entire interview runs today via USA Today’s website on their MLB page. The article entitled, Bloggin' baseball: Keeping up with baseball as a business goes into how BizofBaseball.com was started, Brown’s background, and some of his thoughts on the state of the game. Here are some excerpts:

Before launching the site, what was your baseball background?

In 2001 I was extremely fortunate to work with former Indiana Pacers General Manager, David Kahn on the key documents that would become a submission to Major League Baseball for the relocation of the Montreal Expos. Portland, of course, did not get the team, but it allowed for an extensive analysis on the market to see if MLB would work there. I also was the co-chair of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) Business of Baseball committee and a columnist for both The Hardball Times and Baseball Prospectus before focusing heavily on The Biz of Baseball.

When did you come up with the idea for your site and how and when did it launch?

The idea was really an extension of some of the work that I had been doing for SABR. I had created a site dedicated primarily for researchers, but for the most part, when the word "business" is attached to most anything, it causes the average person's eyes to glaze over –sports economics is beyond boring. The concept we have is simple: sports is influenced as much by what happens off the field as what happens on it; help fans understand that. The site launched in September of 2006 and traffic, and media interest in what we are doing has tripled in just the last year, alone. The site is much like a house that never has enough rooms – we keep building on to it.

You have attracted prominent front-office executives, baseball journalists and industry insiders for interviews on your site. How have you been able to build such an impressive array of them?

To tell the truth, I've been exceptionally fortunate and lucky. For every interview published there have been two or three that never transpired. Being naïve, I simply felt that if I was asking decent questions, the platform to publish the answers on (internet only) would not matter. Each interview published has worked as a sort of business card for approaching the next interview subject. Landing Bob Costas very early on opened a lot of doors, as did interviews with former commissioners Vincent and Kuhn through SABR. I've been told pigs will fly before Commissioner Selig will do an interview with me, but I look forward to the day that might happen. I find him the most compelling figure in all of sports given how he's turned the game around.

In what condition do you see the game amid our economic crisis?

As solid as any industry can be in these trying times. If not for the incredible growth in revenues over the last 5 to 6 years, and changes that allow them to be more equally distributed across all the clubs, I wonder whether some teams would have survived a recession of this magnitude.

What's the worst thing that could happen to baseball?

Labor unrest. Strikes or lockouts. When the CBA was up for renewal in 2002, it came against the backdrop of 9/11. Between that, and the '94 strike, I believe the owners and players realized that fans had just about had enough of the bickering. Relations are a bit more strained than they have been over the last two rounds of collective bargaining, but hopefully both sides understand how important it is to keep the game moving forward.

What's the best?

That one day the World Series is as popular as the Super Bowl. They're very different animals, so I'm not holding my breath. Other than that, maybe that the Pirates or Royals win a World Series before too long. When that happens, it would be hard for anyone to say that there is no parity in baseball.

See the rest of the interview with Maury Brown on USAToday.com


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