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All star game festivities as well as -- -- at the look at the baseball business about the pace when he had the president and CEO of Major League Baseball so.
Bob nice to see this morning thank you you're halfway through the season nearly on the eve of the -- -- game so what is to see.
The based foundations at this at this time.
I think fitted baseball business is very good our sponsors recognizing that baseball provides -- home value family entertainment.
Pong with us.
Our attendance has been very good our ratings have been good across the board we launched our new network and on -- 53 million homes.
The -- -- business is good and we've got competitive pennant races and almost all of the division and we're very excited about the all star game next week on fox.
And looking at the all star game offset -- three -- Ad spots Rory snapped -- far ahead of how did they normally are sold is that a trend you're seeing.
In the regular season as -- -- is that specific to this game.
Well I think get on the national broadcast that has been the trend has been very that the ad sales have been very good over 40% of the ads are with our.
National sponsors and so we're very pleased about that many of them are going to be doing baseball themed advertising.
During the all star game.
On the local level is that the teams are pushing very hard to it to sell advertise and sell sponsorships that are doing quite well given the state of the economy.
And did you see that dollar spending up like that as a conversation for a lot of major companies out there.
-- -- and say you say is good I've seen a couple different figures saying attendance is down about 5% overall may be down as much as 7%.
What do you -- a disconnect here that dollars coming in but.
Not as many people.
Well I think it -- when you consider we have two ballparks in New York that have less capacity and you normalize for that.
We're really about three and a half for 4% in the and given the economy.
We think that's a good number to -- hold that for the year will be very -- what about next year.
Well in next year will continue it is the clubs of who have responded to commissioner last fall told the -- not to get cocky but ticket prices and I think they've responded.
Very well -- all of offering value packs for families all Bermuda -- As -- -- will work very hard and in pictures well.
It was time he met the president of being joined by Heather -- president as well sounds like a big event -- -- is that.
A two Major League Baseball to have that type depression -- your.
Well it's a terrific honor for the president the United States to come that is where we only the seventh sitting president to attend Major League Baseball star game in history.
And have him come and throw out the first pitch and focus on the charitable elements that surround the all star game though we think is very very critical and very important and we're grateful for the other presidents.
Participating in the video as well.
He has a good arm.
Now we'll we'll we'll get to see that next week -- Japanese practicing -- better -- about a bad you know -- -- is interesting juxtaposition no because you have these presidents that are going to be joining us President Obama of course.
Four the all star game but then you have a lot of at -- scandal really from the players Manny Ramirez is an example of that just returning out of play he gets kicked out and kicked out his first game back.
-- what are your thoughts on that.
Well I wouldn't call it scandal you know I think you commissioner and blood.
-- -- -- yesterday about what I what I was going to say that I think that the commissioner has worked very hard to clean the game up I think our fans recognize that the game has in fact been cleaned up.
-- we went from -- over a hundred conservatism into 2003 over a hundred positive drug test.
To know you won a two year and we're not afraid did to suspend our stars that they get going as well.
And you went just about behavior.
Well me -- he's a unique character.
At that that and properly set.
We're just taking into it also kind of about broader perspective -- on the business side we're hearing a lot about the sale of the Chicago -- -- bidding going on what.
What is it what are you hearing about other potential franchises out there and other sales that we might see in the business.
Well the San Diego Padres recently sold and also sold for a significant premium over what they have been -- four.
And Tom Hicks is announced -- the Texas Rangers are are in fact for sale but apart from that we think ownership is very stable what do you think about his private equity guys -- at.
Well they were one of the -- they warn of the finalists as well and the exclusive period expired for the rickets family -- -- -- it.
-- -- an extremely attractive offer we think the Tribune Co.
and you know it it's up to the Tribune Co.
in a -- position.
You're on the on the payment side as well not just the teens but to the players there is.
At planned by Saint Louis to tax some of the bonuses that players are receiving.
For playing in the all star game that's part of the deal that you get selected to play an officer can get bonus for your team again your reaction.
Why -- -- -- -- reactions that number one I think it's wrong and we saw that in Pittsburgh the fact of the matter is that the bonus.
Attaches to being selected for the all star team not playing in the game in Saint Louis so I think it's wrong legally but more importantly.
It's really -- push because these players.
Pay taxes and their local market so and so they get an offset against that's who really -- is only which state is gonna get a which city is gonna get the money.
Do they pay local taxes on the bonuses they get for the golf course they an -- on all the conversation I -- OK so as far as the game overall in the recession he -- contained as she bonuses for for players and and big contracts being signed.
He talked about adding more family value to ticket holders what do you think about the players that we hear so much about compensation on Wall Street compensation -- -- -- -- -- more taxing on bonuses.
But the guys and -- down there what about the guys.
And pinstripes on the field.
Well you saw.
Clubs being more cautious during this past offseason were number of players who expected larger contracts -- they received.
During this past offseason I think that was a reaction to the economy in club's concerns about where the economy would go during the course of this year.
And I -- you -- may see more of that overtime when your baseball player trying to.
I played baseball -- Iraqi that was and never had any illusions of making it to this level.
You never thought -- -- obviously they I did not -- the extraordinary it's been a lot of plaza for a long time there's been a lot of I have been involved for long -- -- with a lot of -- Obama's great to have you today we appreciate your perspective and a lot like Gandalf again something to prevent the regular army general looking forward to -- -- for attacking attacking -- again about to -- he is.
The president and CEO of Major League Baseball remember the all star game.
Is next Tuesday July 14 at 8 PM putting your calendars and I am local fox station so he definitely don't want to miss that pushed the home run contest the day before -- -- up -- much.
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