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Ellis Cannon Sports Business Report: April 1, 2011

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Here we are - the beginning of the baseball season, a national holiday for some of us. Major League Baseball has a plan to improve its attendance from last year, snapping a relative losing streak most businesses would be happy to have. For that to happen, however, baseball is hopeful you consider it a national holiday over and over again this season. The problem is baseball is a victim of its own success. Listen or download Ellis' podcast, presented by the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School, to learn why that's the case, what the numbers are - and how MLB thinks you can help them get there.

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