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SI’s Peter King Launches MMQB Site

Sports Illustrated’s best NFL mind has launched his own site, The MMQB (named after his wildly popular MMQB column on SI.com). Joining King are a few other big names, like Greg Bedard, Jenny Vrentas and Robert Klemko. SI regulars such as Don Banks and Jim Trotter will also contribute to the site.

MMQB is likely to draw a lot of comparisons to Grantland — the site ESPN bestowed upon Bill Simmons — but it’s not exactly a perfect match. While Grantland is filled with pop culture, you won’t find any of that on MMQB; the latter is all NFL, all the time. The main similarity is that Grantland and MMQB were both smart business decisions by SI and ESPN.

When King’s contract was being negotiated this summer, he said he considered jumping ship to ESPN, which would’ve been a huge loss for SI. Instead, SI armed him with the resources to launch MMQB, and all is well. SI made a similar move by giving Simmons Grantland, which is popular and already profitable.

As far as the NFL goes, it’s tough to beat King’s reporting, so MMQB is going to be on every fan’s radar starting today. King got what he wanted, readers get more King and King-approved content, and ESPN keeps its best journalist happy. MMQB is a win-win-win.

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Peter King Extends Contract with SI, Will Direct New Football Blog

Peter King, lover of Brett Favre and all things NFL, is going to be at Sports Illustrated until at least 2016. According to The New York Post, King signed a new deal with SI for three years, at a little over $1 million per year. That makes him one of the highest paid journalists at Time Inc., and one very happy dude.

King told the Post that he did consider going to ESPN, but then realized everyone hates ESPN and decided against it. Kidding!

As part of the deal, King is going to oversee his own football-centric blog. It will be housed at SI.com and will feature all new writers, aside from King.

What’s the new blog going to be called? Paul Fichtenbaum, editor of Time Inc.’s Sports Group, said for now, “we’re just calling it Peter’s site.” It’s damn good to be King.

Cablevision Confident That Fox 5 and My9 Will Stay On Air, Fox Not As Sure

Cablevision issued a press release today in which the company promised to submit to binding arbitration under a neutral third party to guarantee a new agreement with News Corp.  If Fox is on board, this would ensure that talks between the two sides would continue without pulling the plug on Fox 5 and My9.

After yesterday’s report of the escalating feud between Fox and Cablevision, Reps. Peter King (R-NY) and Steve Israel (D-NY) both issued statements urging an end to the dispute before any New York communities lost access to major sports, news, and primetime programming.

Cablevision’s executive VP of communications, Charles Schueler issued this statement regarding News Corp.:

“We will work around the clock to reach a new agreement and have appealed to News Corp. not to pull the plug on Fox 5 and My9.  Cablevision would never take these broadcast stations away from our customers.  While we would rather come to terms directly with News Corp., binding arbitration may be the best and fairest way to resolve this matter.  Therefore, Cablevision will accept the bipartisan calls from Reps. Steve Israel and Peter King for binding arbitration under the direction of a neutral third party.”

Congressman Israel is appealing to local sports fans in his plea to keep Fox 5 running for local Cablevision customers:

“This is a private dispute, but it should not hurt innocent consumers.  In a battle between two corporations, Giants fans shouldn’t be held hostage.  I have urged both sides to agree to binding arbitration as negotiations go on and to ensure that Cablevision subscribers do not lose access to Fox programming as the negotiations continue.”

Cablevision currently pays News Corp. $70 million each year for its channels and claims News Corp. is demanding more than $150 million a year for the same programming.

UPDATE: Fox has resisted calls for third party intervention, saying arbitration “would reward Cablevision for refusing to negotiate fairly.”

Congressman Punches Patrick Gavin

This is our former colleague at FishbowlDC current POLITICO reporter Patrick Gavin boxing with Congressman Peter King. The congressman seems to land a couple on Gavin’s face. This is every politicians wet dream.

Via FishbowlDC

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