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Welcome to the 2011 Business of Sports Network Autism Challenge
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Written by Maury Brown   
Friday, 01 April 2011 02:29

Business of Sports Network Autism Awarness Campaign


This year marks the forth annual Autism Awareness Campaign launched by the Business of Sports Network. Each year, we reach out and ask that for a few moments sports is set aside in favor of spreading the word about the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), as it is developmental disorder that is reaching alarm levels bordering on epidemic. As we did last 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. We have also partnered with Autism Speaks to help promote their efforts, such as the “Light It Up Blue” campaign.

For more on how autism touches Brown's life see Biz of Baseball’s Maury Brown Speaks on Fatherhood and 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.

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.

In December 2009, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued their ADDM autism prevalence report. The report concluded that the prevalence of autism had risen to 1 in every 110 births in the United States and almost 1 in 70 boys. The issuance of this report caused a media uproar, but the news was not a surprise to the Autism Society or to the 1.5 million Americans living with the effects of autism spectrum disorder. Nonetheless, the spotlight shown on autism as a result of the prevalence increase opens opportunities for the nation to consider how to serve these families facing a lifetime of supports for their children.

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 is treatable. 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 (MauryATbusinessofsportsnetworkDOTcom), for more details.

Corporate Endorsers

Autism Speaks

Populous (Stadium and Global Design)

Sports Management Worldwide

Portland Timbers of MLS

Oregon Sports Authority

Yardbarker Network

Sports Business Radio

Sports and Entertainment Endorsers

  • 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
  • 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
  • Chuck Greenberg - Former owner Texas Rangers, sports attorney
  • Jim Duquette - Sirius/XM Radio MLB Network Radio, former GM Baltimore Orioles, New York Mets
  • David Kahn - President, Basketball Operations, Minnesota Timberwolves
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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, MLB Home Plate, 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
  • Jeff Levine  - Business of Sports Network
  • Pete Toms - Business of Sports Network

 

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Writers Wanted for BizofBaseball.com
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Written by Maury Brown   
Tuesday, 04 January 2011 21:42

UPDATE: Currently, the intern positions are closed. This may change over time. Check back at The Biz of Baseball for any updates

Here at The Biz of Baseball, the season never ends. But, beginning tomorrow, things start to really pick up here, and that’s where you fit in.

As we do annually, BizofBaseball.com provides the most extensive detailed analysis of MLB salary arbitration players. The flurry of deals that will go down, along with pitchers and catchers reporting in a little over a month means we won’t take the pedal off the metal until... Well, we seem to always be running wide open here.

We’re looking for two types of assistants:

  • Regular contributors (at least once a week, with option for more)
  • Interns with mad Google skills who sit daily on Twitter following player signings.

Both of these positions are voluntary in nature. Give us more than 30 days of hard work in the saddle, and we’re happy to be a reference for your resume.

Here are the details on the positions:

Regular staff writer: Topic range runs from player transactions, stadium development, media (television, radio, mobile, internet), economics like player value to salary (see this article on Kevin Brown for details). We are looking for columns once a week, with option to go as often as daily. Journalism experience (online, or print) preferred. Experience with Joomla, other blogging platforms, or HTML a plus.

Intern (POSITION CURRENTLY FILLED): Research using Google, Twitter and other search engines to track players signed during salary arbitration season (starts in earnest on 1/5 and runs through 2/21). Experience with and have access to Microsoft Excel mandatory. Will track dates of signings, salary figures, bonus and award details along with links to source in spreadsheet. Requires being able to be readily available via email and/or Twitter several hours a day. Opportunity to report stories on signings as they break possible.

BizofBaseball.com and its staff of writers are mentioned daily online and print. Recent references include The New York Times, FOXSports.com, AOL Fanhouse, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, and more. Staff members are featured on radio across the country, and appear regularly on MLB Network Radio.

Contact Maury Brown via email if you are interested. Remeber, to be aware of the frequency of content outlined in the descriptions before applying.


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, as well as a contributor to FanGraphs and Forbes SportsMoney. He is available for hire or freelance. 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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Site Update: Comprehensive Listing of Scott Boras Clients
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Written by Maury Brown   
Tuesday, 28 December 2010 22:10

The Biz of Baseball has been updated with new content....

It seems each and every year, there is always interest in what super-player agent Scott Boras is up to. But, we've often wondered what a complete comprehensive look at his active clients might look like.

Now, we've done it.

Senior staff witer Matthew Coller has collected data on all the active Boras Corp. clients.

The listing shows:

  • Team
  • Player
  • Position
  • Total Contract Amount
  • Contract Years
  • Average Annual Value (AAV)
  • Signed
  • ML Service Time (as of 2011)
  • Carrier Total Salary to Date
  • Arbitration Eligible Date
  • Free Agency Eligible Date
  • For Multi-Year Contracts, Salary by Year
  • Notes

The listing is a stand-alone page that can be accessed from under the "Resources" section in the left navigation tier under Scott Boras Clients, or select the image below to navigate to the page

Boras clients


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, as well as a contributor to FanGraphs and Forbes SportsMoney. He is available for hire or freelance. 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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Site Update: Final MLB Player Payrolls 1999-2010
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Written by Maury Brown   
Sunday, 26 December 2010 21:33

The Biz of Baseball has been updated with new data...

In our continuation of providing critical information regarding player payrolls for each of the 30 clubs in Major League Baseball, we have updated the site to now include total end-of-year player payrolls from 1999 to 2010

Select the link Final Player Payrolls under “Trade, Arb, Salary Info” from any page on the site.

Final Player Payrolls

All figures originally published by The Associated Press. Final payrolls for the 30 major league teams from 1999 to present, according to information received by clubs from the commissioner's office. Figures are for 40-man rosters and include salaries and prorated shares of signing bonuses, earned incentive bonuses, non-cash compensation, buyouts of unexercised options and cash transactions. In some cases, parts of salaries that are deferred are discounted to reflect present-day values.


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, as well as a contributor to FanGraphs and Forbes SportsMoney. He is available for hire or freelance. 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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Victor Rojas Joins BizofBaseball.com as Regular Contributing Writer
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Written by Maury Brown   
Monday, 29 November 2010 15:27

Victor RojasThe Biz of Baseball is pleased to announce that Victor Rojas, the current television play-by-play announcer for the Los Angeles Angels has joined BizofBaseball.com as a contributing writer. Rojas will write on a variety of topics surrounding the game, and offers a incredible background as a former Major League prospect and son of the legendary “Cookie” Rojas.

Rojas is entering his 9th year of MLB broadcasting, which includes play-by-play, analysis and network host. He has worked with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Texas Rangers and MLB Network.

Known for being accessible with fans, Rojas will continue to do so through social networking on Twitter and Facebook.

Look for his content shortly.


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, as well as a contributor to FanGraphs and Forbes SportsMoney. He is available for hire or freelance. 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 MLB Network Radio at 10:35am ET Talking World Series TV Ratings, More
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Thursday, 04 November 2010 07:43

MLB Network Radio

Maury Brown, the president of the Business of Sports Network will be on MLB Network Radio (XM 175 and Sirius 210) at 10:35am ET/7:35am PT with Jim Duquette and Kevin Kennedy talking the impact of the World Series on San Francisco, Dallas/Ft. Worth, the Giants and the Rangers. They'll also be discussing television ratings for the World Series.

Tune in then!


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Maury Brown on PBS' "Nightly Business Report" to Discuss MLB Labor Issues
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Tuesday, 28 September 2010 14:06

Nightly Business ReportIn advance of PBS airing Ken Burns’ The Tenth Inning, Maury Brown, the founder and president of the Business of Sports Network, which includes BizofBaseball.com, is scheduled to appear on the Nightly Business Report (check local listings for PBS) both tonight and Weds.

The Tenth Inning focuses heavily on the labor issues such as steroids and the ’94 strike that baseball faced after Burns released the 9-part Baseball. The Tenth Inning airs in two 2-hour segments with the “top” of the Tenth Inning airing tonight and the “bottom” of the Tenth Inning airing tomorrow.

Maury BrownBrown was interviewed about attendance and revenue-sharing matters in MLB.

It should also be noted that Brown was interviewed for a separate segment for the Nightly Business Report regarding a possible lockout in the NFL and how the UFL might benefit. As of this publication it is not known whether that segment will be airing over the course of the next two days or in programming in the future. We will update when information is available.


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Maury Brown on MLB Network Radio and ESPN Radio Dallas Talking Texas Rangers Auction
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Wednesday, 04 August 2010 14:40

Maury  BrownWith the auction of the Texas Rangers taking place today, Maury Brown, the president of the Business of Sports Network, which includes BizofBaseball.com, will be discussing the process over the course of the day on several radio stations in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, as well as nationally.

 

4:45pm ET - MLB Network Radio (XM 175/Sirius 210) - Inside Pitch with Casey Stern and Jim Bowden

6:15pm CT - ESPN Radio in Dallas (103.3FM) with RJ Choppy and Bryan Broaddus

Check back for updates on times as they become available


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