Philadelphia will host 2026 All-Star Game

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We wrote about this last week because it was pretty obvious what was going on then, but Major League Baseball just officially announced that the 2026 All-Star Game will be held in Philadelphia.

The reason: the celebration of the 250th anniversary of American independence which — and this is a fabbo word — is America’s Semiquincentennial. Say that three times real fast. It comes 50 years after the 1976 All-Star Game when Veterans Stadium hosted the Midsummer Classic for the Bicentennial. Which I was alive for, which means that I’m pushing 50 and, oh my God, that’s quite a thing to contemplate.

Rob Manfred:

“Major League Baseball is honored to have the 2026 All-Star Game in Philadelphia be part of the celebration of the 250th anniversary of American independence. This event will continue a tradition established in 1976 where the National Pastime plays an important role in a milestone for our country.”

This year’s All-Star Game will take place in Cleveland. Next year’s will be at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. They have not awarded venues yet for 2021-25. My guess is that 2026 is being announced now because the major sports leagues are going to try to line up special events in Philly just like they did in 1976, when the NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball all held their All-Star Games there.

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.