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Bowman files papers for Michigan political run

Bob Bowman, MLB AM's CEO, has filed the paperwork to explore a run for the governor's office in Michigan.

Some interesting news from the political world: Bob Bowman, the CEO of Major League Baseball Advanced Media (BAM), has filed paperwork to explore a race for governor in his home state of Michigan.

Bowman filed as a Democrat. He has a background in state politics, serving as state treasurer under Gov. Jim Blanchard from 1983 to 1991. 

He can certainly run as a serious businessman who has a high-tech touch. With some serious subsidies from baseball owners, MLB AM has turned into a player in the digital world, though we're not as sanguine about the operation as others: MiLB owners felt the need to take back their digital rights last year and work out a new financial arrangement with BAM, and we've been privy to some MLB owners and front-office staff complaining about BAM's heavy-handedness when dealing with third-party vendors and the teams themselves. Still, BAM is the leader in the online-sports world when it comes to game coverage and streaming media, and Bowman can point to some legitimate accomplishments during his tenure.

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