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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Forbes: Maury Brown: Disney Buys $1B Stake In MLB BAM Tech, To Launch ESPN Streaming Service

More evidence that MLB is awash in dough:

Walt Disney announced Tuesday afternoon that it is taking a minority stake in MLB Advanced Media’s spin-off media company, BAMTech. Disney is making a $1 billion investment in two payments—now and in January 2017—that will give it a 33% interest in the media company, with an option to become the majority stakeholder in the future.

Disney said that BamTech will collaborate with ESPN to launch a “multi-sport” subscription streaming service, including live regional, national and international sports events.
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As part of the transaction, BAMTech was separated from MLB’s broader digital business, MLB Advanced Media, which has set an industry standard for live digital streaming services.

It has been reported elsewhere that each team put up $4M to start MLB Advanced Media, which was paid back a few years later, and they are now making $1B selling off a minority interest in a spin-off. Pretty good deal.

The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 10, 2016 at 08:32 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball is awash in money, disney, espn, mlbam

Friday, July 01, 2016

Bloomberg: Disney Said to Buy Stake in $3.5 Billion MLB Web Unit

When your traditional revenue streams are drying up, you need to find a way to make the money flow from someplace else:

The deal underscores the importance of the video-streaming business to the future of ESPN, which has been losing viewers and advertising dollars to online media. ESPN has toyed with the idea of selling Web-only packages outside of the traditional cable-TV package, and Disney Chief Executive Officer Robert Iger is making deals to offer ESPN on Internet services such as Sling TV.

Mike Emeigh Posted: July 01, 2016 at 08:53 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: business, espn, media, mlbam, video

Monday, May 09, 2016

Mike North: Jessica Mendoza is worst announcer in baseball

Mike North: “I’ve got to tell you something folks. You know, I’ve been called every name in the book doing this job since the early 90s. Good names, bad names, and everything in between. I’ve been called everything from a pillar in the community to a guy who’s the best who did it in Chicago’s history to a racist and a sexist. I’m going to just tell you right now what everybody else doesn’t want to say, except maybe the regular fan who you see on social media: Jessica Mendoza is the worst baseball announcer who has ever announced the game of baseball. Now, if you want to call me a sexist, go ahead. But I’m an observer, and I’ve been observing and listening to baseball announcers for 20, 30, 40, 50 years. And I’ll tell you right now I don’t care if you’re Cassidy Hubbarth, I love Cassidy, Christine Brennan, Michelle Beadle, these are all people I respect, Ann Meyers, Cheryl Miller. You want me to go on? Pam Oliver. Because apparently I have to tell everybody nowadays - because of the PC crowd - the females I like before I can criticize one. If Jessica Mendoza continues on I believe someday they’re going to have to replace her, unless the rating are okay, but I don’t care. What I do now is I shut the sound down to watch that game; she’s just not a good announcer. If she was a man, she’d be (fired like) Tony Kornheiser or Dennis Miller. OK? And that’s the God honest truth about it. Period. End of Story. I listened for an inning last night, and I had to shut it off.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 09, 2016 at 11:05 AM | 162 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasting, espn, jessica mendoza, women in baseball

Thursday, April 07, 2016

E:59 - The Play That Never Happened

From Cody Decker and the people that brought you “On Jeff Ears”. Starring Cody Decker, with guest appearances from Peter Gammons, Keith Olberman, Nick Swisher, and a surprise guest star.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 07, 2016 at 04:25 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: cody decker, comedy, espn, film, minor leagues, nick swisher

 

 

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