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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.
.  .  .
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

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

A Q&A with Tom Tango: MLB’s New Data Guru

DC: What do you imagine your primary role will be at BAM?

TT: The primary role would be to do as much as I can in data analytics, data management, metric construction, and just general saber-creativity. Basically try to parse through the mountains of data, and come up with an organization of the data that will allow for compelling stories. We have a thousand questions to ask, so I will come up with ways to present that data so that, when someone asks a question, that person will be able to come up with their own answer.

DC: You’ve worn a lot of hats in the public community, ranging from developing the foundation of many of the metrics found here on FanGraphs to being more of an evangelist for other people’s work, encouraging younger writers to take up torches you weren’t allowed to publicly carry anymore. MLB has previously brought in Mike Petriello and Daren Willman to help the public learn about what Statcast is and how to use the information. Do you expect to fill that kind of role as well, or will you be more of a behind-the-scenes player, developing models and metrics for Mike and Daren to use?

TT: This is very much a team-based approach. I don’t think it’s about some specific roles. Everyone has their strengths, and everyone is going to pitch in wherever and whenever they can. I might ultimately be the one who owns the data process, but the organization of that data is going to be influenced by a large group of people. I’m sure I’ll have some public work products.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 08, 2016 at 04:41 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: data, mlbam, tom tango



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