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Former NY Giants Stars Join MSG Varsity As Analysts

Former New York Giants stars Amani Toomer and Roman Oben are the newest additions to the MSG Varsity, Cablevision’s 24/7 HD high school sports network.

The analysts will make their debut when Friday Night Football returns on Sept. 9 at 7:00 p.m. ET.

“We’re thrilled to have Amani and Roman join MSG Varsity’s first-class broadcast team and look forward to adding their expertise and perspective to our game coverage,” said Michael Lardner, executive producer and senior vice president, MSG Varsity.

 

FiOS TV Signs Up For The Longhorn Network

The Longhorn Network landed their first major carriage pickup Thursday when FiOS TV added the network to its channel lineup.

“The Longhorns have a huge presence in Texas, with a passionate fan base that extends across the country,” said David Preschlack, executive vice president, Disney and ESPN Media Networks. “Verizon’s early commitment to this network speaks to the university’s popularity and the consumer demand for this content.”

FiOS TV subscribers will have to wait until Sept. 1 before they can watch the Longhorn Network – two days before the 2011 Texas football season opener against the Rice Owls.

In Texas, FiOS TV Prime HD, Extreme HD and Ultimate HD subscribers can watch LHN on Channels 79 (standard definition) and 579 (high definition). Subscribers outside of Texas can watch on Channel 320. The Longhorn Network will soon be available online, on tablets and smartphones for Verizon FiOS TV plan subscribers.

 

Video: The Albert Haynesworth Earthquake

Was that an earthquake Wednesday on the East Coast or … Albert Haynesworth?

You decide.

Longhorn Network Preparing For Friday Launch

Want to know what the world will be missing out on during the debut of the Longhorn Network?

Well, the homeless home of the University of Texas will go live Friday at 6 p.m. CT from the South Mall on the UT campus. The College GameDay crew will join Lowell Galindo, Samantha Steele and Kevin Dunn during a two-hour show that will preview the upcoming Longhorns football season.

The No. 4-ranked Texas women’s volleyball team will take on Pepperdine in the first televised sporting event on the Longhorn Network at 8 p.m. CT. Carter Blackburn and Heather Cox will call the action and Steele will report from the sidelines.

Texas All-Access will wrap up the evening, providing access to football coach Mack Brown and the UT program as they prepare for their Sept. 3 home opener against Rice.

 

ICE Cracking Down On Illegal Streams, Make Arrest

For all the folks looking to stream UFC 134 this weekend, be warned.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 19-year-old Mohamed Ali Tuesday morning for illegally streaming pay-per-view boxing, wrestling and MMA events, according to TheHill.com.

He was charged with one count of criminal infringement of a copyright for operating HQ-STREAMS.com and HQ-STREAMS.NET, which was seized in February.

Ali made more than $6,000 in profits from February 2010 to January 2011, according to court documents.

“Today’s arrest sends a clear message to website operators who mistakenly believe it’s worth the risk to take copyrighted programming and portray it as their own,” said ICE director John Morton.

All Mike Vick, All The Time In ESPN The Magazine

Michael Vick is the sole focus in the latest issue of ESPN The Magazine , which hits newsstands Friday.

In the first ever issue committed exclusively to one athlete, ESPN The Magazine‘s 360 degree look at Vick is detailed in a four-chapter series: “Welcome to the Revolution,” “The View From Within,” “Zero-Sum Game,” and “The Dog in the Room.”

Quite the turn around for Vick in two years after settling for his third choice in the Philadelphia Eagles.

 

 

Todd Grisham Leaving WWE For ESPN

WWE announcer Todd Grisham is taking his talents north on Route 8 to ESPN, according to PWInsider.com.

The seven-year WWE veteran called his final show for the sports entertainment company Tuesday night.

Grisham’s broadcast partner, William Regal, wrote the following on Twitter:

“I would like to thank @todd_grisham for all his help get me through NXT.Best wishes for your new career at ESPN.”

In addition to his work with the WWE, Grisham has been the host of Fox Soccer Channel’s Major League Soccer broadcasts since 2007. Read more

NFL Primetime Crew Plays Dress Up In Brooklyn

Leave it to Berman to stare in the camera.

This new commercial could be hilariously funny or an absolute train wreck. Can’t wait.

[H/T @AdamSchefter]

SNF Scores Nearly 11 Million Viewers

I think America is ready for football.

The Sunday Night Football preseason game between the San Diego Chargers and Dallas Cowboys this past weekend was seen by 10.7 million viewers, the third most-watched NFL preseason game in the last five years.

Locally, Dallas (23.7/38), San Diego (22.2/37), and San Antonio (15.1/23) led the way in the metered markets. Read more

BWB4 Announces Panelists

The scheduled panelists for BWB4 at Bloomberg Sports were announced Tuesday. Like previous BWB events, the guys have assembled quite the impressive list:

Bill Squadron, Bloomberg Sports
Bomani Jones, The Score
Chris Russo, The Big Lead
Dan Levy, Bleacher Report
Dan Shanoff, Quickish
Eric Kay, CBS Read more

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