Baseball’s Rainmaker Forced Out After Alleged Misconduct

By Christine Zosche 

Major League Baseball forced out the architect of its multibillion-dollar digital-media business last month, after years of troubling workplace behavior that former baseball executives were said to be made aware of at least a decade ago. (WSJ)

Bob Bowman, who served as CEO of MLB Advanced Media (MLBAM) for 17 years, was forced out after he verbally abused a coworker, the latest in a string of troubling incidents over the years. The WSJ cites anonymous sources who say that in July, Bowman also shoved an executive with Fenway Sports Group, the company that owns the Boston Red Sox. In the story, people familiar with Bowman’s behavior also allege he propositioned female colleagues, had consensual relationships with his employees, and was integral in creating a loose environment that included after-hours partying and drinking. (THR)

In addition, Bowman allegedly hired what were believed to be female escorts for MBLAM’s party at the All-Star Game in July 2016 in San Diego, per the report. (Variety)

Meanwhile, David Eaton, vp and executive editor of NFL Media, has resigned after reports that he engaged in hundreds of sexually explicit exchanges on Twitter with porn stars and prostitutes over several years. (Variety)

Eaton’s Twitter account has been deleted. The resignation comes less than two weeks after the NFL Network suspended retired players and analysts following allegations by a former employee that they sexually harassed her. (Deadline)