Some baseball fans can no longer catch the game on their cable provider

May 2, 2024
Comcast was unable to reach a deal this week on carriage with the owner of 18 regional sports networks.
If you’re a Comcast subscriber, you may need to turn on the radio or head to your local sports bar to tune in to MLB games.
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What happened after baseball integrated

Apr 30, 2024
When the Negro Leagues disbanded, there were winners and losers.
The Newark Eagles won the Negro World Series in 1946. Two years later, the team was sold and relocated to Houston and then to New Orleans. The team folded in 1951.
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The team owner who fought for civil rights

Apr 23, 2024
Effa Manley, owner of the Newark Eagles, firmly believed her team’s success was tied to the ongoing struggle for justice in her community.
Effa Manley mixed business and activism as co-owner of the Newark Eagles, a Negro National League team.
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Negro Leagues barnstorming brought baseball to new places

It's just one of the lasting economic legacies of the professional baseball played in the Negro Leagues in the 20th century.
Teams that played in the Negro Leagues often had no choice but to hit the road and play games all over. They relied on this practice, known as barnstorming, to keep the money coming in. Pictured above: The Newark Eagles in a dugout in 1936.
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How baseball's Negro Leagues became successful business enterprises

"It was sailing against the tide of oppression," Negro Leagues Baseball Museum co-founder Larry Lester says.
Andrew "Rube" Foster founded the Chicago American Giants, pictured here in 1941. Foster organized the Negro National League, the first league for Black baseball players that survived a whole season.
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At-will employment and creative destruction

Apr 16, 2024
David Brancaccio’s economic lessons from “The League.”
Jackie Robinson in the 1950s.
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Meet the first Black baseball players

Apr 8, 2024
We're watching “The League,” a documentary about the contributions that Black baseball players and the Negro Leagues made to America’s pastime.
A magazine cover featuring Jackie Robinson in 1952.
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In the golden age of sports content, traditional sports journalism is disappearing

Feb 23, 2024
The teams have the money, and remaining media outlets like ESPN are becoming more dependent on them. Author Keith O’Brien explains.
Rugby pros Mitch Kenny, left, and Brian To'o are interviewed in Manchester, England. Sports are as visible as ever, but professional coverage is waning, along with pressure for transparency and accountability.
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How does Shohei Ohtani's $700 million deal actually work? It's complicated

Dec 15, 2023
MLB player Shohei Ohtani recently signed a record-breaking $700 million dollar deal with the Dodgers, but there is a catch.
Shohei Ohtani, who is leaving the Angels for the Dodgers, has been called a once-in-a-generation talent for his skill as a pitcher and hitter.
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For Major League Baseball, shorter games and more action have drawn bigger crowds

Oct 3, 2023
MLB saw its highest attendance since 2017 this year, and on average, games were 24 minutes shorter than last year.
MLB instituted new rules this year aimed at shortening the length of a game. It seems to have paid off.
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