2015 Previews: The National League Central in a nutshell

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For the past few weeks we’ve been previewing the 2015 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the National League Central:

The Cardinals always win this division. They do it again, right? The Pirates, however, have the best player in the division, and that’s not nothing. The Reds seem to be sinking and, at the deadline, will probably be selling off parts. The Brewers started strong but then faltered last year. Are they even good enough to falter in 2015? The Cubs have gotten more ink and more chatter than anyone. Does that even matter, though, given how far they have to climb?

MLB sells share of BAMTech to Walt Disney Co. for $900M

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NEW YORK – Major League Baseball has sold its remaining share of a streaming service technology company to the Walt Disney Co. for $900 million.

The sale was disclosed Tuesday in Walt Disney Co.’s annual filing report through the SEC. MLB received the $900 million in exchange for the 15% stake it still had in a company called BAMTech, which originally started as MLB Advanced Media in 2000.

The technology helped MLB become a leader in sports streaming in the 2000s.

Walt Disney Co. has been buying chunks of BAMTech for the past five years and now owns 100% of the company. The National Hockey League sold its 10% share of BAMTech to Walt Disney Co. for a reported $350 million in 2021.