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In Effort to Save The Biz of Baseball, Crowd Funding Campaign Started
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Written by Maury Brown   
Wednesday, 18 September 2013 09:53

Business of Sports Network

Important message….

Dear valued sports business member,

For nearly a decade, those of us at the Business of Sports Network have strived to bring you not only news and opinion around sports business, but data not found anywhere else. From college students working on papers, to media outlets both big and small, information provided across “The Biz of….” sites has been provided free of cost, something few media outlets provide.

As advertisement models have shifted, revenues have declined. While we retain the domain names, we have had to archive The Biz of Basketball, The Biz of Football, and soon, The Biz of Hockey.

Now, our most popular site, The Biz of Baseball, is in danger of the same fate. While overtures of venture capital and other investment has been discussed, to date they have fallen through.

In an effort to not only save The Biz of Baseball, but also create a single portal that would allow all aspects of sports business to be covered, we are reaching out to the community through an Indiegogo investment campaign. Our target is $6,000. When accounting for commission from Indiegogo, if the campaign runs to its goal, a total of $5,400 will be garnered to allow porting of all data across the various Biz sites into one repository, a new hosting service and redesign.

In addition, to grow content we will embark on a large contributor network which will allow us to cover everything from soccer on an international scale, to all facets of motor racing, the PGA, and beyond. If it’s sports outside the lines, we’ll be covering it.

We understand that not everyone can make a donation. What we do hope is that everyone that reads this will take the time to pass this link below on whether by email, or social media.

We can’t thank you enough for using our sites as often as you have. We hope that can not only continue, but flourish.

To donate, please visit:

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/business-of-sports-network/x/4785065

Warmest regards,
Maury Brown
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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 writes for Baseball Prospectus and is a contributor to Forbes. He is available as a freelance writer. Brown's full bio is here. He looks forward to your comments via email and can be contacted here.

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Change to Business of Sports Network: Biz of Football, Basketball, and Hockey Shutting Down
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Wednesday, 24 April 2013 13:06

Business of Sports Network

The Business of Sports Network is undergoing a restructuring that will see several independent sites closed down.  The Biz of Football, The Biz of Basketball, and The Biz of Hockey will soon close as independent sites. These URLs will remain associated to the Business of Sports Network. The Biz of Baseball will not be affected, and will remain in its current format.

Following the site shutdowns, a new site that covers all sports under one location will be created. Documents and other artifacts that were on the football, basketball, and hockey sites will then be moved there.  Content from The Biz of Baseball will also be repurposed or summarized in this new site location, BusinessOfSportsNetwork.com.

We believe that in doing so, not only will we continue to provide support for basketball, football, and hockey, but branch into all aspects of sports business under one portal, allowing ease of access and continued growth.

We want to thank all those that have continued to support the Business of Sports Network, and we look forward to providing this fresh, new website in the coming days.

Best regards,
Maury Brown
President
Business of Sports Network
Bizball LLC


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 writes for Baseball Prospectus and is a contributor to Forbes. He is available as a freelance writer. Brown's full bio is here. He looks forward to your comments via email and can be contacted here.

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Biz of Baseball Makes Historical MLB All-Star Game TV Ratings Available
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Sunday, 22 July 2012 23:25

All-Star Game RatingsThe Biz of Baseball has been updated with new data…

Each year, those tracking the interest in Major League Baseball look to television ratings and viewership numbers to frame the discussion. Since 1967, those numbers have been tracked by the Nielsen Company. Now, the Biz of Baseball has been updated with those numbers, along with other details out of the data. The data includes:

  • Year
  • Network broadcast on
  • Ratings number
  • Share number
  • Total television households
  • Difference in ratings from year prior
  • Difference in television households from year prior

The data also comes with two graphics: one tracking ratings and share, the other tracking television households. Further analysis can be found on Baseball Prospectus: Playing the MLB All-Star Game Television Ratings Game

The page can be linked at directly here All-Time MLB All-Star Game TV Ratings and can be found in our site navigation to the lower left under “Resources”


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 writes for Baseball Prospectus and is a contributor to Forbes.He 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 (select his name in the dropdown provided).

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The 2012 Autism Awareness Challenge
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Monday, 02 April 2012 00:00

Business of Sports Network Autism Awarness Campaign

 


The challenge… Spread autism awareness, today, and every day. On the first day of International Autism Awareness month, we set aside sports in favor of advocacy.

Autism. You’re living with it. You either have a family member affected by the mental disorder (remember, it’s not a disease), you know someone connected to it, or you’re impacted in the future through impacts to the health care system.

But, make no mistake, you and autism are linked.

This year, autism hits home more than any other. Please see my message and personal fundraiser: A Father and the Cost of Autism

This is the fourth year of our Autism Awareness Challenge. The premise is simple: set sports aside and spread awareness about the Autism Spectrum Disorder. This year takes on added urgency. A recent report by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) shows alarming numbers. According to the report:

  • About 1 in 88 children has been identified with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) according to estimates from CDC's Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network
  • ASDs are reported to occur in all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups.
  • Those diagnosed as being on the autism scale has increased 78% in the last decade, alone
  • ASDs are almost 5 times more common among boys (1 in 54) than among girls (1 in 252).
  • Studies in Asia, Europe, and North America have identified individuals with an ASD with an average prevalence of about 1%. A recent study in South Korea reported a prevalence of 2.6%.
  • About 1 in 6 children in the U.S. had a developmental disability in 2006-2008, ranging from mild disabilities such as speech and language impairments to serious developmental disabilities, such as intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, and autism.

“The CDC numbers are alarming, yet they don’t begin to tell the story of the real families, real individuals struggling every day,” said Autism Speaks President Mark Roithmayr. “From fighting to get a diagnosis and secure appropriate educational services and therapies, to trying to manage tremendous financial and emotional burdens or find a satisfying job opportunity, families are engaged in a daily battle against this disorder. We need to marshal the same resources and attention that the government has devoted to other diseases and disorders and finally make this a fair fight.”

As we have done each year, we have reached out to the sports and entertainment community to help lend support. In doing so, we have seen individuals that simply wish to help, but also those that are touched directly by autism. Be it the granddaughter of Seattle Mariners President Chuck Armstrong who has autism, Dodgers’ outfield Matt Kemp who has a brother with autism, actress Alyssa Milano who also has been directly touched by the developmental disorder, or Ryan and Dawn Neufeld, in reaching out to the community we have seen just how far reaching autism is.

With today being the beginning of International Autism Awareness Month, all the Business of Sports Network sites have been rebranded to remind you about this campaign, and within each post this month, we will be providing a link to Autism Speaks for those that wish to donate to assist in funding research on autism.

The main point of the autism awareness campaign is for you to spread the word, and reach a better understanding of the developmental disorder. All day April 2, Maury Brown will be providing information via Twitter on ASD

Here is how the Autism Society of America describes autism:

Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. Autism is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a "spectrum disorder" that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. There is no known single cause for autism, but increased awareness and funding can help families today.

Currently, the Autism Society estimates that the lifetime cost of caring for a child with autism ranges from $3.5 million to $5 million, and that the United States is facing almost $90 billion annually in costs for autism (this figure includes research, insurance costs and non-covered expenses, Medicaid waivers for autism, educational spending, housing, transportation, employment, in addition to related therapeutic services and caregiver costs).

Know the Signs: Early Identification Can Change Lives

Autism can be addressed through therapy. Children do not "outgrow" autism, but studies show that early diagnosis and intervention lead to significantly improved outcomes.

Here are some signs to look for in the children in your life:

  • Lack of or delay in spoken language
  • Repetitive use of language and/or motor mannerisms (e.g., hand-flapping, twirling objects)
  • Little or no eye contact
  • Lack of interest in peer relationships
  • Lack of spontaneous or make-believe play
  • Persistent fixation on parts of objects

IF YOU ARE WITHIN THE MEDIA, WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO JOIN THE CAMPAIGN, AS WELL AS AUTISM SPEAKS EFFORTS. LINK OR REPURPOSE THIS MATERIAL TO HELP THE CAUSE.

The following have lent their name in saying they support autism awareness, if you wish to be added to the list, please contact Maury Brown, president of the Business of Sports Network via email for more details.

 

Corporate Endorsers

Prospectus Ventures (includes Baseball Prospectus)

Populous (Stadium and Global Design)

Sports Management Worldwide

Portland Timbers of MLS

Oregon Sports Authority

Yardbarker Network

Sports Business Radio

Sports and Entertainment Endorsers

  • Stan Kasten - Baseball exec. Future President and CEO of the Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Allan Walsh - NHL player agent, Octagon
  • Martin Havlat - Right Wing, Minnesota Wild
  • Matt Kemp - Outfielder, Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Peter Gammons - MLB Network, MLB.com, NESN
  • John Thorn - Author, Official Historian Major League Baseball
  • Chuck Armstrong - President, Seattle Mariners
  • Larry Cancro - Senior Vice President of Fenway Affairs for the Boston Red Sox. Also Chairman of Autism Speaks, New England. Board member Melmark, New England a school that specializes in autism and similar cognitive disabilities
  • Jim Trotter - Senior NFL writer, Sports Illustrated
  • Sean Foreman - President, Sports Reference, LLC
  • Ken Davidoff - National baseball writer, Newsday
  • Kathy Conners - Principal & Founder KMC Consulting
  • Doug Farrar - Writer for Football Outsiders, Yahoo! Sports, Sportspress Northwest and The Washington Post
  • Chuck Greenberg - Founder, Greenberg Sports Group, Owner, Myrtle Beach Pelicans and State College Spikes
  • Jim Duquette - Sirius/XM Radio MLB Network Radio, former GM Baltimore Orioles, New York Mets
  • David Kahn - President, Basketball Operations, Minnesota Timberwolves
  • Alyssa Milano - Television, screen and stage actor
  • Ryan and Dawn Neufeld - Ryan is 7-year NFL veteran playing tight-end; Dawn has been featured on VH1's "NFL Wives", honorary chairs of Dallas Rocks Against Autism
  • Jonathan Schaech - Actor and social activist. As seen in the movie "That Thing You Do" and more.
  • Larry Stone - National baseball writer, The Seattle Times
  • Troy Renck - MLB beat reporter, Denver Post
  • Kevin "'Duk" Kaduk - Editor of Y! Sports' Big League Stew
  • Dave Goren - Executive Director of National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association & Hall of Fame
  • George Atallah - Assistant Executive Director of External Affairs for the NFL Players Association
  • Mike Donnelly - Media Coordinator for the NFLPA
  • Ken Rosenthal - FOXSports.com, MLB Network
  • Dave Sims - Television play-by-play commentator for the Seattle Mariners, radio play-by-play for Sunday Night Football on Westwood One, television play-by-play host for UFL on VERSUS
  • Joe Hamrahi - Baseball Daily Digest, Baseball Prospectus
  • Richard Justice - Sports columnist, Houston Chronicl
  • Todd Radom - Graphic artist, sports logo creator
  • Joe Briggs, Esq
  • Curt and Shonda Schilling
  • Mike Ferrin - Host & Anchor, MLB Network Radio
  • Brent Gambill - Executive Producer, Sirius/XM Radio
  • Dave Barr - Producer, Sports Talk With Bo Mattingly. KREB 1190 Fayetteville, KTTG ESPN 96.3 FM Ft. Smith, KABZ 103.7 FM Little Rock
  • Russ Levine, VP of Digital Production for NHL.com
  • Jamie Newberg - NewbergReport.com
  • Pat Courtney - MLB VP Public Relations
  • Mike Dilorenzo - NHL spokesperson
  • Jason Rosenberg - It’s About the Money, Stupid blog
  • Jason Collette - DRaysBay.com /BaseballProspectus/Rotowire
  • Joe Siegler - RangerFans.com
  • Gary Armida - FullCountPitch.com
  • Jessica Quiroli - Author, HeelsOnTheField.com, Baseball Digest
  • Wendy Thurm - Author, Baseball Nation
  • Scott Jackson - Host of Last Call on Sporting News Radio, Co-Host of The Brian Mitchell Show on 1067 The Fan DC and SBNation DC Columnist
  • Lou Imbriano - CEO at TrinityOne Sports & Professor of Sports Marketing at Boston College. Former CMO of the New England Patriots & 2011 McGraw-Hill Author
  • Gordon Edes - ESPNBoston.com
  • Peter Abraham - Boston Globe
  • Victor Rojas - Television play-by-play voice of the LA Angels, formerly with MLB Network
  • Will Carroll - SI.com
  • Jesse Sanchez - MLB.com
  • Devon Teeple - Business of Sports Network
  • Jordan Kobritz - Business of Sports Network
  • Joe Tetreault - Business of Sports Network

To understand autism's reach, please see this PSA with NASCAR driver, Jamie McMurray

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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 writes for Baseball Prospectus and is a contributor to Forbes SportsMoney blog.. He 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 (select his name in the dropdown provided).

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The Biz of Baseball Provides MLB Club Sale Info
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Monday, 26 March 2012 14:54

The Biz of Baseball has been updated with new data…

In an effort to provide information to readers, The Biz of Baseball has been updated with information on MLB club sales.

The data, which provides info on the latest purchase, includes the followings:

  • Club
  • Price sold for
  • When
  • Who sold to
  • Notes that detail aspects such as the current controlling owner and other aspects of the sale.

Below is an example:

Marlins

$158.5 million

2002

Jeffery Loria

Included a $38.5 million no-interest loan from MLB to Loria. Sale of Marlins tied to the sale of the Red Sox and Expos. Henry sells Marlins to Loria who sells Expos to MLB for $120 million. Expos later relocated to DC and sold to Lerners who rechristen the club "Nationals"

 

Select Current MLB Club Sale Prices from under the “Resources” menu to the left (current listed at the very bottom).


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Site Update: Marlins? Orioles? Historical MLB Luxury Tax Data Added
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Monday, 23 May 2011 20:38

The Biz of Baseball has been updated with new data…

For those following MLB, the Competitive Balance Tax, or as it’s commonly known as the Luxury Tax, has been a much discussed topic, but often misunderstood.

The tax is baseball’s soft cap. Pass the threshold number, and pay a tax figure for every dollar over the threshold.

It’s often thought of as part of revenue-sharing (it isn’t), with much going back to the players in the form of benefits, as well as into an Industry Growth Fund.

The Yankees have paid out nearly all of it… From 2002 to the present.

But, The Biz of Baseball has now updated the site to show the Luxury Tax collected during a different model that was part of the 1997-’99 system.

Try this: during that time, it wasn’t the Yankees that had paid the most, it was the Orioles (remember, the club from Baltimore at one point had the highest player payroll in all of baseball).

That’s not surprising? Try another: the Florida Marlins paid Luxury Tax in 1997, the year they won the World Series.

Who else has been dinged? (You know some because I just mentioned), but there are a total of 10.

Here’s how the site’s been updated:

  • We are still tracking the yearly totals from 2002 to the present
  • We’ve added the 1997-99 Luxury Tax totals
  • We’ve added a table totaling up the all-time collected money across both systems that also shows the percentage of the total collected (for the record, $243,078,709 in Luxury Tax has been collected, and will surely pass $250 million this year).
  • Each table has a corresponding bar graph
  • Each table shows total for each club and total paid out in each year

To see the data, select MLB Luxury Tax Totals, which can also be found to the left of any page on The Biz of Baseball under “Resources”


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The Biz of Baseball, Maury Brown Nominated for 3 Awards
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Sunday, 15 May 2011 21:40

The Biz of Baseball

BizofBaseball.com and Maury Brown are honored to be nominated in three categories as part of the 2011 “The Business of Sports Awards”.

BizofBaseball.com is nominated for Best Sports Business Blog while Brown is nominated for Best Sports Business Twitter Account and People’s Choice awards

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Last year, Darren Rovell won Best Sports Business Blog, Kathleen Hessert took best Twitter account, and the SportsBusiness Journal won Best Sports Content.

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Bizball Radio Now Available on iTunes
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Friday, 15 April 2011 17:01

The new Business of Sports Network podcast show, Bizball Radio is now available for download on iTunes. The show being hosted by Maury Brown each week will focus on the top sports stories outside the lines, plus interview guests.

The inaugural edition featured The Extra 2% author Jonah Keri (listen online here). Mariners and NFL Sunday Night Football on Westwood One broadcaster Dave Sims is scheduled for next week.

Find Bizball Radio on iTunes at the following link:

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