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Is Baseball Missing the Next Generation of Fans?

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There's one problem, though: Too many kids have found something else to do. It isn't hard to figure out why. So many games dragging deep into their fourth hour. All those AARP-eligible folks lining the lower levels of the stands. Baseball has morphed into sports' version of the opera—long productions filled with pomp, color and crazy facial hair that younger audiences just don't get. The average World Series viewer this year is 54.4 years old, according to Nielsen, the media research firm. The trend line is heading north: The average age was 49.9 in 2009. Kids age 6 to 17 represented just 4.3% of the average audience for the American and National League Championship Series this year, compared with 7.4% a decade ago.

So you want to own a piece of an athlete?

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IPO Offers Stake In Pro Athlete Earnings OCTOBER 21, 2013 • FA STAFF Sports fans who have long envied the salaries of professional athletes may now get a chance to buy stocks linked to sports stars’ financial performance. Fantex, a San Francisco-based brand-building platform, is launching a $10.6 million IPO enabling investors to lay claim to 20 percent of the future earnings of Houston Texans’ star running back Arian Foster, according to The New York Times. If the IPO is successful, Foster will receive $10 million and Fantex will likely approach other star athletes to follow suit. Sources said investors won’t have a direct investment in Foster or income from his brand, such as football jerseys or advertising income. But Fantex told the New York Times it expects to pay stockholders a dividend. God I would love to have been able to short Dunn in 2011. Or 2012. Or 2013.

Marlin's selling tickets to yesterday's no hitter today

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In a new low, the Marlins are selling tickets to Henderson Alvarez's no-hitter after the fact.

Crusty old bat at Coors Field

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Marriage proposal with a sourpuss

Rap and the White Sox colors

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Not everyone is a White Sox fan. That's fine; it's a free country. But the color scheme and design of the Sox cap are timeless: its monochromatic look goes with everything, and the lettering features elegant typography without any frills. Hip-hop has embraced the oft-underrated White Sox look more than anyone, helping to further assert the bad-assery of simple black-and-white. Let's just put it this way: these guys wouldn't look half as awesome with a red and blue "C" on their head.

Dave Martinez for manager? He's ready.

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Said Martinez: "I realized that I still had a lot to offer the game. My knowledge could maybe help younger guys. I enjoyed being around the clubhouse, on the field." Although all smiles with the Rays, Martinez envisions a future as a manager. "It will happen in due time," Martinez said. "Everyone keeps telling me how young I am, but if the right opportunity comes up, I'm ready to manage."

Louisville Slugger Takes a New Swing

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Now that it has a new loan in place, Hillerich is refocused on fixing its manufacturing problems and regaining market share, as well as relevance. For the first time, joint product lines are coming out with a dedicated marketing push, first in September for softball and later in November for baseball. A new, more durable bat made in China—but with a new protocol for how it is tested—will be available by early September.

Konerko placed on waivers, Orioles may have some interest

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I can´t see why but it has been reported that the Orioles may have some interest in acquiring Paulie.

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