For New York Yankees, Brett Gardner is an All-Star Bargain

Speedy New York Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner learned this afternoon that he would appear in his first ever MLB All Star Game, as was reported by MLB.com’s Grace Raynor, but the man from Holly Hill, South Carolina is more than just an effective fielder and hitter that his team values greatly. On top of an All Star player, Gardner has been an All Star-caliber bargain for the Yankees, having inked a four-year, $52 million extension prior to the start of last season. Had both sides not agreed to a new contract, Gardner would have been a free agent last winter …

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DeAndre Jordan: Oral Committment Is A Deal

Star Center DeAndre Jordan has returned to the Clippers. A deal was executed post-midnight last night, as predicted in this space yesterday. Jordan, the Clippers and their fans are ecstatic. I am a Clipper fan and happy that the team can contend for the NBA Championship. But was this fair to Mark Cuban and the Mavericks? What are the ethics involved? Source: Sports Business News

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Redskins Temporary Loss Of Trademark Registrations Is No Big Deal

The Washington Redskins will remain the Washington Redskins despite the fact that a U.S. District Judge affirmed a prior ruling that the term “Redskins” is ineligible for federal trademark protection.  First of all, the legal battle is not over until all appeals are exhausted and the NFL franchise has already indicated that an appeal is forthcoming.  Second of all, loss of a federal trademark registration with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) only vitiates certain sometimes valuable rights, but does not preclude the Washington Redskins from being the Washington Redskins.  Thus, the claimed “huge victory” by activists is a …

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Baseball Geeks Rejoice As Wiz-Bang Technology "Statcast" Now Available To Public

Data showing everything from how fast a runner breaks out of the batters box, to top speed and distance covered on fly balls, are slowly being exposed for baseball analysts the world over to comb through as MLB Advanced Media makes radar and camera data from “Statcast” available on public facing for the first time. Source: Sports Business News

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