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ESPN article in BloombergBusinessweek

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There's no need to spend a whole lot of time talking about ESPN, again, but I know there are strong opinions, here and I wanted to share this well-reported business story about the vaunted Worldwide Leader.

Indians DFA Duncan, recall Jeanmar Gomez

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Jordan Bastian reporting the news via twitter. More on this coming...

Indians have claimed LHP Scott Maine off waivers from the Cubs. He has avg'd 11.3K/9.0IP this year...

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Indians have claimed LHP Scott Maine off waivers from the Cubs. He has avg'd 11.3K/9.0IP this year for Cubs while lefties hit .130 (3-23)

Indians announce the latest dumpster diving. Looks to be a cheap potential replacement for Smith/Sipp

ESPN, MLB agree to $5.6 Billion Media Extension

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Yes, campers, that's billions with a B. Deal includes digital and radio as well as TV. The deal is about double what the Network Who Shall Not Be Named pays now, and averages about $700 million/year. If, indeed the money is being distributed equally, this is about $23.3 million per club per year. This is lunch money, of course, for the Yankees, but real money for the Indians. If I'm doing the math right, this figure is up from about $11.9 million/team from the current ESPN deal. This probably also pushes up substantially the prices that will be paid for the playoffs when they come up for bid from Fox and whoever will be bidding against them, so there will probably be another jump in media fees. The ESPN package includes one Wild Card Game and, for those of you who hate the NWSNBN, here's a money quote for you: "ESPN also picked up rights to carry games featuring more popular teams, like the Yankees and Red Sox, more frequently." Update: Craig Calcaterra of Hardball Talk does some math and estimates that when all the deals are done, each team could have increased annual national TV income of $25 to $40 million. This is an increase in baseline money, before local TV, radio and attendance figures are considered.

25 Things You Didn't Know About Baseball

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Perhaps you knew some of this, like how bad Frenchy has been for the Royals, but there's some additional fun stuff there.

Indians minor leaguer plays all 9 positions

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Neat. The way this season is going, maybe the Indians should give him a call to try this in September.

Red Sox implosion

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In case anyone is interested in discussing the rumored "major blockbuster" between the Dodgers and Red Sox, otherwise known as the Sox vomiting out one of the largest hairballs in recent pro sports history

Surprise! Indians Can't Afford Choo/Boras

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The least surprising story of the month is here in fanshot form for your perusal.

Matt LaPorta recalled from AAA Columbus. RHP Frank Herrmann optioned to Clippers to allow room for...

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Matt LaPorta recalled from AAA Columbus. RHP Frank Herrmann optioned to Clippers to allow room for LaPorta (19HR, 62RBI, .822OPS at AAA)

Official team announcement via twitter. I wonder if this is the beginning of his last stint in Cleveland.
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