PRESS RELEASE – Minor League Baseball’s Baseball Internet Rights Company (BIRCO) announced today that Art Matin, Chief Executive Officer of Mandalay Baseball Properties, has been elected Chairman of its 10-member Board of Directors. BIRCO manages the digital media rights of its member Minor League Baseball clubs and leagues.
Matin, who had been the Double-A representative on the BIRCO Board since its founding two years ago, succeeds Frank Burke, who will assume Matin’s classification position on the board.
“We’re at an exciting time in the development of the BIRCO network,” Matin said. “We have a great partnership with Major League Baseball Advanced Media and our fans and our sponsors are participating in our network at an accelerating rate. Minor League Baseball, through its content-rich BIRCO network, attracted over seven million unique visitors on a monthly basis during the 2010 season and we expect this number to continue to grow.”
Matin joined the Mandalay Baseball Properties board of directors in 2007 and was appointed its CEO the following year. Prior to joining Mandalay, he had a long career as an executive in the technology industry including being the CEO of TouchTunes and Softricity. Matin also was the EVP of worldwide sales for Veritas, and the president of McAfee Security. Matin spent 20 years at IBM, and held positions such as GM North America Industrial Sector and GM Industries/Enterprise Sales in Asia-Pacific, stationed in Tokyo.
Mandalay Baseball Properties owns and/or operates the Dayton Dragons, Erie SeaWolves, Frisco RoughRiders, Oklahoma City RedHawks, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees and Staten Island Yankees.
Tri-City Valley Cats Vice President/General Manager Rick Murphy is now the Class A Short Season representative on the board. Murphy is in his 21st season as General Manager of the New York-Penn League club. He replaces State College Spikes owner Chuck Greenberg, whose term on the board expired.
Burke is largely credited with finalizing the details of the groundbreaking internet agreement with Major League Baseball Advanced Media. He received a Presidential Citation from MiLB President Pat O’Conner at the Baseball Winter Meetings in December for his commitment to BIRCO, leadership on this project and dedicated service to Minor League Baseball.