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NBC Sports Wins $2B NHL Faceoff (B&C)
The NBC Sports Group and the National Hockey League have reached a new 10-year rights deal that is believed to be worth $2 billion. NYT: Both NBC and Versus stuck by the league and renewed their initial deals -- and recently were bonded to each other through Comcast's acquisition of NBC Universal. The merger turned out to be fortunate for the league. WSJ: In the first big-ticket deal in a likely skirmish among major media companies for sports rights, Comcast beat out ESPN to land exclusive national rights to pro hockey for the next decade. THR: At more than $200 million annually, the new deal more than doubles the yearly rights fees NBC and Versus are paying for the NHL under the current deal, which expires at the end of the season. Not bad for a sport that when it was on ESPN was jockeying for position with poker. Multichannel News: NBC Sports Group chairman Dick Ebersol said he was about 90 days away from announcing a new name for national cable sports network Versus.

Ben Sherwood Names Three To Executive Team; Barbara Fedida, Susan Mercandetti Return To ABC News (TVNewser)
Four months into the top job at ABC News Ben Sherwood is building his executive team, and he's tapped two former colleagues for leadership roles. paidContent: In a surprising move, AOL veteran Joe Ruffolo has been picked by Sherwood as the new senior vice president of ABC News Digital.

Al Jazeera Takes A Stab At Social News (ReadWriteWeb)
You remember those social news shows and segments that debuted over the past couple of years, right? Right? I hope you do because I don't, and neither do any of the other writers here. Al Jazeera is hoping to buck that trend with "The Stream."

USA Today Posts Tiny Circulation Gain (HuffPost / AP)
USA Today said Tuesday that its average daily circulation rose for the first time in more than two years, as the newspaper sold more digital editions to schools and benefited from an increase in business travel.

Battles For Profits -- And Survival -- On The Media Landscape ( / Johnnie L. Roberts)
Old media is not going down without a fight. The past few months, content owners, producers, distributors, aggregators, and tech enablers all over the media landscape have been pitted in momentous clashes, with tens of billions of dollars of revenue at stake.

Condé Nast Is Making Customers Very App-y (NY Post)
Consumers may start seeing more free downloads of tablet editions from Condé Nast magazines -- at least as temporary traffic builders. Adweek: Last fall, Condé Nast finally gave its publishers control over ad sales for their own websites, something they'd been waiting on for a long time. Now, the company is about to fulfill a similar promise for its editorial side.

Byliner Launches With A Splash, Aims To Disrupt Long-Form Journalism (TechCrunch)
The media is buzzing with allegations that Nobel Peace Prize nominee Greg Mortenson fabricated his best-selling books and misused millions of dollars in donations. Amazingly, within days of 60 Minutes breaking the story, a new book was already released about it. Only don't call it a "book." Byliner, the company that published it, is touchy about this, because this format is really something new., The iPad News Aggregator Blessed By Big Publishers, Gets Ready To Launch (AllThingsD / MediaMemo),'s social news iPad app, was supposed to launch by the end of 2010. But developers didn't submit it for Apple's approval until about a month ago.

New Adweek Features Typo On Cover (FishbowlNY)
Adweek revamped its look this week, and wanted everyone to take notice. Well, FishbowlNY did, and we like it. Aside from the huge typo on the cover, that is.

The Shocking Success Of The New Yorker's Facebook 'Like' Campaign (Business Insider)
The New Yorker hid a story by Jonathan Franzen about David Foster Wallace behind a Facebook "Like" wall. The result: An impressive social media success story. New Yorker: As you may be aware, has recently made the difficult decision to erect a paywall for unlimited access to the website and all apps that had previously been available for free. But, as a valued reader, you are part of a select group being offered -- for a limited time only -- an exclusive opportunity to receive a discount on unrestricted, 24-hour-a-day access to all the breaking news updates, entertainment, multimedia content, and more relating to John, Susan, the kids, and their pets.

How URL Spoofing Can Put Libelous Words Into News Orgs' Mouths (Nieman Journalism Lab)
You really have to question everything you see on the Web, even the supposedly sacrosanct URL.

'Glenn Beck Threw Me Under The Bus': Breakfast With Andrew Breitbart (NY Observer / Media Mob)
Over crème brûlée oatmeal Monday, conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart talked sting videos. Breitbart explained to the Transom that Breitbart blog protocol requires undercover video kingpin James O'Keefe to publish unedited versions of his material, to avoid allegations of fabrication.

The Longest Internal Memo In Modern History (FishbowlDC)
The Washington Post is pleased to announce the following changes in local staff. So get your pillow and maybe a grilled cheese sandwich and settle in…this is going to be a long one.

CNN Launches Android App With Video And Sharing (SocialTimes)
CNN has released a new app for phones running Android 2.1 and later that provides streaming video from CNN's website and the ability to share links to the news reports on Facebook and Twitter. B&C: Lexus is the exclusive launch sponsor for the CNN Android app in the United States, a buy that is part of a larger integrated media deal spanning CNN's linear, online, and mobile Web platforms.

GQ Relaunches On iPad, Cancels iPhone App (minOnline)
One of the first magazine brands to launch a full-issue iPhone app back in November 2009 and a similar digital edition on the iPad last year has relaunched its tablet version. Mashable: GQ's publicist assured us that the issue was "new and improved," and it is, but not by much.

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