Major League Baseball (MLB)
- Homepage: http://www.mlb.com/
June 2002: The organization that runs professional baseball in the United States.
June 2014: 'In 1931, a 17-year-old girl named Jackie Mitchell of the Chattanooga Lookouts struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig consecutively in an exhibition game. Mamie “Peanut” Johnson pitched against male players in the Negro Leagues for several seasons. Women’s teams played one another during World War II, as depicted in the movie “A League of Their Own.” But in 1952, Major League Baseball officially banned women’s contracts.'http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/07/opinion/is-softball-sexist.html
July 2009: "The plans are being resisted by the nation's four major pro sports leagues — the NFL, the NBA, the NHL and Major League Baseball — as well as the NCAA. Despite marketing arrangements schools and pro teams have with gambling, sports officials are asking a federal court to stop the Delaware effort, saying widespread legalized betting would threaten the integrity of their sports by creating incentives for cheating and game-fixing."http://www.usatoday.com/sports/2009-07-27-sports-betting_N.htm
July 2009: "Confronted with cases of identity and age falsification by Latin American baseball prospects, Major League Baseball is conducting genetic testing on some promising young players and their parents."http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/22/sports/baseball/22dna.html
November 2008: "As far as Junichi Tazawa is concerned, the most rebellious acts in his 22 years have been ignoring his homework and sneaking home after sunrise. But as the first high-profile Japanese baseball prospect to turn down his nation’s leagues to entertain offers from Major League Baseball teams, he has found himself straining relations between baseball entities on two continents, with accusations of talent raiding and defiance of decades-long understandings."http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/20/sports/baseball/20pitcher.html
July 2008: "the Washington Nationals' owners have failed to pay $3.5 million in rent for the District's new ballpark, contending that the state-of-the-art stadium is still incomplete. ...That source stressed that the overriding issue for the family is living up to terms of the contract between the city and Major League Baseball, which the Lerners inherited upon buying the team in 2006. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because negotiations are continuing."http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/10/AR2008071002731.html
June 2008: "A Congressional oversight committee Thursday submitted questions to Major League Baseball and its players union asking whether steroid testing was suspended during the 2004 season and, if so, why they did not tell Congress about it during a 2005 public hearing."http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/13/sports/baseball/13waxman.html
June 2008: "A company that offers fantasy baseball games on the Internet has won its battle to use the names and performance statistics of Major League Baseball players without permission and without paying licensing fees."http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0603/p25s15-usju.html
April 2008: 'Major League Baseball recently issued new rules limiting how the press can use photographs and audio and video clips on Web sites. Many organizations and publications, like Hearst, Gannett and Sports Illustrated, have refused to go along with the new rules. (The Associated Press Sports Editors, a group of newspaper editors, did agree to less restrictive rules, allowing a “reasonable” number of photographs published online rather than a limit of seven, for example.)'http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/21/business/media/21bloggers.html
October 2007: "Major League Baseball, bracing for the results of an internal investigation into steroid use, has continued to employ a drug-testing procedure that may allow players time to mask their use of performance-enhancing drugs."http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/31/sports/baseball/31testing.html
August 2007: 'Any rebroadcast, reproduction or other use of the pictures and accounts of this game without the express written consent of Major League Baseball is prohibited,' is the MLB's copyright warning.http://www.nytimes.com/cnet/CNET_2100-1026_3-6200055.html
August 2001: The real issue involves the quality of the umpires hired by Major League Baseball, the role baseball takes in training umpires and the way baseball defends its umpires. That's the Bermuda Triangle of umpiring problems that baseball needs to address.http://www.nytimes.com/2001/08/08/opinion/08VINC.html
August 2006: The case involved the Major League Baseball Players' Association – the union covering players from the American and National Leagues – as well as a select group of owners, which in 2000 formed Advanced Media, a company designed to serve as the interactive media arm of Major League Baseball and to run the MLB.com web site. Both groups challenged CBC – also known as CDM Fantasy Sports – and its rights to promote its own fantasy leagues.http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,2001619,00.asp
Role Name Type Last Updated Member (past or present) Boston Red Sox Organization May 9, 2010 Opponent (past or present) CBC Distribution and Marketing Inc. (CBC) Organization Jun 8, 2008 Member (past or present) Chicago Cubs Organization Dec 9, 2008 Member (past or present) Chicago White Sox Organization Aug 19, 2005 Member (past or present) Cincinnati Reds Organization Dec 1, 2006 Member (past or present) Cleveland Indians Organization Dec 1, 2012 Member (past or present) Colorado Rockies Organization Oct 28, 2007 Member (past or present) Detroit Tigers Organization Jan 17, 2008 Member (past or present) Houston Astros Organization May 9, 2010 Member (past or present) Los Angeles Dodgers Organization Apr 19, 2012 Possible/Unclear Cooperation (past or present) MLB Advanced Media Organization Aug 11, 2006 Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Major League Baseball Advanced Media Organization Jun 8, 2008 Cooperation (past or present) Opponent (past or present) Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) Organization Oct 29, 2010 Member (past or present) Milwaukee Brewers Organization Jan 17, 2008 Member (past or present) New York Mets Organization Nov 21, 2008 Member (past or present) New York Yankees Organization Jun 2, 2007 Member of (past or present) Oakland Athletics Organization May 27, 2010 Member (past or present) San Francisco Giants Organization Mar 16, 2013 Member (past or present) Seattle Mariners Organization Aug 19, 2005 Member of (past or present) Sports Technology Alliance Organization Oct 27, 2008 Member (past or present) St. Louis Cardinals Organization Dec 1, 2006 Member (past or present) Toronto Blue Jays Organization May 9, 2010 Cooperation (past or present) USA Baseball Organization Aug 31, 2007 Member (past or present) Washington Nationals Organization Aug 19, 2005 Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Paul Beeston Person Organization Executive (past or present) Stanley M. Brand Esq. Person May 1, 2005 Organization Executive (past or present) Gov. Charlie Crist Person Jul 28, 2007 Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis Person Aug 3, 2007 Advised by (past or present) Sen. George J. Mitchell Esq. Person Jul 27, 2007 Organization Executive (past or present) Peter O'Malley Person Aug 19, 2005 Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) Dave Pallone Person Jul 14, 2003 Owned by (partial or full, past or present) Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Allen "Bud" H. Selig Person Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Peter Victor Ueberroth Person Aug 14, 2006
Articles and Resources
Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Jun 06, 2014 Is Softball Sexist?
QUOTE: women have been playing baseball since long before they had the right to vote. As the national pastime went professional, women were forced out of it — and into softball. Title IX, the 1972 federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education, also protects equal access to and funding of sports for boys and girls at the school level, and girls have been fighting to play baseball — with lawsuits, if necessary — since the 1970s.
New York Times Aug 19, 2009 Leagues See Bloggers in the Bleachers as a Threat
QUOTE: The Southeastern Conference, home to some of the nation’s most prominent and lucrative university athletic programs, has issued rules in the past week prohibiting fans from distributing photographs or video of its games in real time for commercial use.
New York Times Jul 28, 2009 State officials seek sports betting to boost revenue
QUOTE: Now officials in Delaware and New Jersey, facing their own budget problems, say it's time for a bolder move: full-scale, legalized sports betting... The plans are being resisted by the nation's four major pro sports leagues — the NFL, the NBA, the NHL and Major League Baseball — as well as the NCAA.
USA TODAY Jul 21, 2009 Baseball’s Use of DNA Raises Questions
QUOTE: Confronted with cases of identity and age falsification by Latin American baseball prospects, Major League Baseball is conducting genetic testing on some promising young players and their parents.
New York Times Nov 20, 2008 Japanese Are Irked by U.S. Interest in Pitcher
QUOTE: as the first high-profile Japanese baseball prospect to turn down his nation’s leagues to entertain offers from Major League Baseball teams, he has found himself straining relations between baseball entities on two continents, with accusations of talent raiding and defiance of decades-long understandings.
New York Times Oct 24, 2008 Debate to delay 'white space' vote heats up
QUOTE: Google and Microsoft, support the use of "white spaces," because they believe the spectrum can be used to help deliver new wireless broadband services. After more than four years, and over 30,000 filings by the public, broadcasters now accuse the commission of a rush to judgment on the white spaces.
CNET Jul 11, 2008 Nationals Withhold Rent on Ballpark: Hundreds of Items Are Incomplete, Team Owners Say
QUOTE: More than midway through the baseball season, the Washington Nationals' owners have failed to pay $3.5 million in rent for the District's new ballpark, contending that the state-of-the-art stadium is still incomplete. Besides withholding rent, the team is demanding damages of $100,000 a day, dating from March 1. The team and the city are also at odds over the timing of sales tax payments on tickets, with the Nationals paying game-by-game and the city wanting tax revenue from pre-sold ticket packages upfront.
Washington Post Jun 03, 2008 High court rejects fantasy baseball challenge
QUOTE: A company that offers fantasy baseball games on the Internet has won its battle to use the names and performance statistics of Major League Baseball players without permission and without paying licensing fees.
Christian Science Monitor May 24, 2008 Web Site Puts Focus on the Fix in Sports Bets
QUOTE: Last Monday, a report commissioned by the major tennis governing bodies recommended that 45 matches played in the last five years be investigated because betting patterns gave a “strong indication” that gamblers were profiting from inside information. And those matches, the report said, may be only the tip of the iceberg.
New York Times Apr 21, 2008 Tension Over Sports Blogging
QUOTE: The dispute has grown lately between the press and organized sports over issues like how reporters cover teams, who owns the rights to photographs, audio and video that journalists gather at sports events, and whether someone who writes only blogs should be given access to the locker room...At the heart of the issue, which people on both sides alternately describe as a commercial dispute and a First Amendment fight, is a simple question: Who owns sports coverage?
New York Times Oct 31, 2007 Baseball’s Drug Testing Lacks Element of Surprise
QUOTE: Drug testers contracted by the league routinely alert team officials a day or more before their arrival at ballparks for what is supposed to be random, unannounced testing of players. By eliminating the surprise factor, the practice undermines the integrity of the testing program, antidoping experts said.
New York Times Oct 19, 2007 Standing Up To Takedown Notices: Web Users Turn the Tables on Copyright Holders
QUOTE: recently -- in part because of backlash among users and advocacy groups who say copyright holders are abusing the law and wrongfully taking down content -- the challenges to these copyright claims also appear to be increasing.
Washington Post Aug 09, 2007 Bonds's record: Should it stand? The culture of baseball is evolving, some say, while others are waiting for results from legal proceedings.
QUOTE: Some pundits feel that Bonds's record should stand no matter what because the culture of baseball is always changing… [But] some ask if the magnitude of this record crosses a threshold that potentially requires a different response.
Christian Science Monitor Jul 31, 2007 Sports Leagues Accused of Deceptive Warnings
QUOTE: A handful of sports leagues and media companies are trying to intimidate the public when issuing inaccurate warnings about making "unauthorized" copies of their work...
ZDnet Jun 30, 2007 Under NFL Rule, Media Web Sites Are Given Just 45 Seconds to Score
QUOTE: [It’s] a move designed to protect the Internet operations of [the NFL’s] 32 teams...[but] the policy, announced last month with little fanfare, has frustrated journalists, who say it constricts the public's access to information...
Washington Post Jun 18, 2007 Not Everyone Wants Channel That’s All Big Ten, All the Time
QUOTE: two powerhouses are headed for a clash over the newly created Big Ten Network, which the conference vows will satiate its universities’ fans and alumni as the YES Network has become a TV clubhouse for Yankee fans… [but] Comcast is developing a campaign that will attempt to prove that the network is too expensive and too provincial to be broadly distributed.
New York Times Jun 07, 2007 Before Punishing Giambi, Selig Wants His Help
QUOTE: [MLB Commissioner Bud] Selig wants to show that he is tough on steroid users, but punishing [Jason] Giambi is problematic because if he used steroids, it occurred before Major League Baseball punished players for using .... Selig took a calculated approach yesterday when he asked Giambi ... to cooperate ... with the investigation into the use of illegal performance-enhancing substances being conducted by the former Senator George Mitchell.
New York Times Jun 01, 2007 Rodriguez Keeps Straddling Baseball’s Foul Line
QUOTE: It was clever or childish, cunning gamesmanship or borderline cheating, or maybe something in between. But when Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees shouted something to a Toronto Blue Jays infielder Wednesday night, helping cause a pop-up to drop and leading to three runs, the debate began. .... Players, coaches and baseball observers interviewed yesterday routinely struggled to articulate what was permissible and what was not, and why.
New York Times May 15, 2007 Major Sports Team Up to Battle Drugs: Professional, Amateur Governing Bodies to Tap Federal Resources
QUOTE: The unprecedented collaboration is indicative of an emerging consensus among sports bodies that the use of performance-enhancing substances is a mounting health and legal concern that potentially threatens the multibillion-dollar professional sports industry in the United States.
Washington Post Apr 28, 2007 Former Mets Employee Sold Steroids To Players
QUOTE: A former employee of the New York Mets admitted to distributing a variety of performance-enhancing drugs, including anabolic steroids and human growth hormone, to dozens of Major League Baseball players over a 10-year period beginning in 1995, according to a felony plea agreement filed in federal court Friday.
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