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MLB Revenues at an all time high despite down attendance and cable subscribers

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Toms also has this tidbit: The New York Times was granted a motion to unseal an audio tape of a meeting in the chambers of bankruptcy judge D. Michael Lynn during the Texas Rangers Chapter 11 saga. Judge Lynn had very harsh words for one of MLB’s lawyers, Stephen J. Shimsak, who famously commented during a conference call that the league would "take over" (it was quite a bit cruder than that) the franchise if the bankruptcy didn’t yield the desired results. Chuck Greenberg, who fronted the group which eventually purchased the Rangers, was also scolded by Judge Lynn. "Early in the hearing, Lynn said that he would file an ethics grievance with the state of Pennsylvania, where Greenberg practices law, if he ever used his status as a principal in the case to discuss bankruptcy law in the news media." The Judge, who displayed an enthusiasm for the tangential during the court proceedings, also said about baseball: "I don’t like what’s been done to it, with the designated hitter and interleague play and an interminable playoff," he said. "But I used to love baseball, and I can talk baseball with — at least in terms of people like Whitey Ford and Bob Turley and their ilk — until hell freezes over."