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Sugar Land Skeeters, ESPN ink broadcast deal

Sugar Land Skeeters (independent; Atlantic League) games will be broadcast on ESPN’s online network, with the potential for games to be broadcast on a cable station. The Skeeters become the first minor-league baseball team to showcase full-season live coverage on ESPN3, ESPN’s online channel. The deal gives ESPN the exclusive rights to place Sugar Land […]

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White elephant on Cubs ledgers? Debt service, not Wrigley Field imperfections

ESPN’s Rick Reilly proves why sportswriters should never write about business, penning an utterly insane argument on why Wrigley Field prevents the Chicago Cubs from winning a World Series. You can read Reilly’s screed here. Reilly’s basic argument is that the Cubs’ payroll could be increased by $73 million a year if the team could […]

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NBC vying for piece of MLB media-rights pie?

With the exclusive-bargaining window closed for its current media partners, Major League Baseball is reportedly fielding an offer from NBC Sports to join the broadcasting fold.  Right now there are three MLB broadcast partners: Fox, paying $257.1 million for Saturday, All-Star and World Series games; ESPN, paying $306 million for Sunday night games; and Turner, […]

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SEC tourney live and streaming

There’s some awfully good baseball being played at the annual SEC baseball tournament, and ESPN is streaming game coverage via the SEC website. The tourney, from Hoover’s Regions Park, is annually one of the better showcases for college talent anywhere: the SEC is pretty clearly the best conference in college baseball and its schools attracts […]

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