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Row 44 Bringing Live MLB Games To Southwest

Southwest Airlines customers will soon be able to watch their favorite baseball team 30,000 feet in the air.

Row 44 Inc., Southwest’s in-flight broadband Internet provider, signed a deal with Major League Baseball that will allow the airline giant to stream audio and video broadcasts to passengers’ Wi-Fi enabled devices.

“Major League Baseball is such a part of the fabric of America — and has always been more than a professional sports organization,” said Howard Lefkowitz, Row 44′s chief commercial officer. “It is an honor that they’ve chosen to undertake this innovation with Row 44 — becoming the first sports league to offer in-flight live streaming video of its games. This partnership is the first in a series that underscore Row 44′s commitment to creating a unique broadband entertainment experience for our airline partners and their customers.”

Southwest is slated to have their entire fleet wired by 2013.

 

Mediabistro Course

Multimedia Journalism

Multimedia JournalismStarting September 25, learn how to create interactive packages with photos, audio, and video! Taught by a multiplatform journalist, Darragh Worland will teach you how to come up stories that would be best told in a multimedia format, and create original content for that package using photos, slideshows, and short video and audio pieces. Register now! 
 

NBC Taps Jim Bell to Lead 2012 Olympics Coverage

NBC Sports & Olympics has tapped “Today” executive producer Jim Bell to lead its 2012 coverage of the London Olympic Games. Bell spent 16 years at NBC Sports & Olympics before joining the iconic morning program in 2005. He will work closely with NBC Olympics president Gary Zenkel and NBC Sports & Olympics chief Mark Lazarus, and will also continue to serve as EP of the news program.

“Jim’s unique background in both sports and news at NBCUniversal makes him the perfect choice to lead our London Olympics production,” said Lazarus in a statement. “He knows the people at NBC Sports, the intricacies of the Olympics, and how to work within NBCUniversal. Jim’s leadership combined with the extensive experience of our existing Olympic production team — led by head of production Bucky Gunts, coordinating producer Molly Solomon, creative director Mark Levy, and executive editor Joe Gesue — has us well positioned to present the London Olympics in a manner consistent with the high standards that viewers have come to expect from NBC.”

More information after the jump.

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Keith Jackson and Dhani Jones to Host Shows on Big Ten Network

Hall of Fame broadcaster Keith Jackson and former Michigan star and Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Dhani Jones will host respective shows on the Big Ten Network this fall, the channel announced today. Jackson will host a program called “Big Ten Icons” that looks at iconic coaches from Big Ten history. Last year “Big Tens Icons” (also hosted by Jackson) looked at the top 50 student-athletes in conference history. Jones will host “BTN LiveBIG,” one of the network’s six new shows this fall, which will spotlight current and former members of the Big Ten community who have given “big” to the world at large, including Tony Dungy (of Minnesota), Charles Woodson (of Michigan) and Devin Harris (of Wisconsin).

Jones’ show will premiere Monday, Oct. 3 at 7:30 p.m. and run for eight episodes. Jackson’s show will premiere later in the fall, run into the winter, and air Tuesdays at 8 p.m.

ESPN The Magazine Issues Statement On Michael Vick Article, Toure Talks Race Switching

ESPN The Magazine editor-in-chief Chad Millman released a statement Friday regarding the controversy surrounding the “What if Michael Vick were white?” article. Below is Millman’s statement.

This past January we decided to dedicate our entire NFL Preview issue to Michael Vick. His story, from All-Pro to inmate and back, had transcended the boundaries of the field and become a flashpoint of conversation. It incorporated sports, society, morality, forgiveness and, yes, race. Among the many questions asked when discussing his crime and punishment – How could he do such a thing? Should he be allowed to play again? Could he ever play again? – was, would he have been punished as severely if he were white? It’s hard to ignore the topic in a fully realized examination of Vick and his impact. As the senior editor of the piece, Raina Kelley, pointed out on CNN [see video here] rather than use vague arguments that skirt the issue, we chose to address it head on. First, in a thoughtful essay by Toure. And, just as important for magazines, with art that lended power to the concept. In the past, designers have challenged readers to consider their views on race by portraying a black Queen Elizabeth II and Pope John Paul II. We had several conversations about how to support the essay with imagery that made people think as much as the words did. Ultimately, the resulting treatment felt like the strongest way to answer the question so many have been asking.

For an upcoming Media Beat interview, we also spoke with the article’s author Toure about how he tackles the issue of race online without offending people. The full interview airs on mediabistro.com September 12, but here’s an excerpt.

ESPN's Revamped Social Networking Policy

ESPN personalities (that means everyone except Chris Berman) will have to think twice before sending out that next tweet.

The network rolled out their revamped policy when it comes to social media. Some highlights:

• Think before your tweet. Understand that at all times you are representing ESPN, and Twitter (as with other social sites) offers the equivalent of a live microphone. Simple rule: If you wouldn’t say it on the air or write it in a column, don’t post it on any social network. Read more

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.

 

Redskins' Brian Orakpo To Appear In Geico Ads

So easy a Redskin can do it? We’ll soon see, as Geico is unveiling a new advertising campaign featuring Washington Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo, Sports Business Daily reports. The first of three national television spots will air tomorrow night on ESPN during the Redskins-Ravens preseason game, and will feature Orakpo alongside the Geico caveman.

“We look on him as a bonafide star in the league,” said Bill Brower, Geico director of advertising.

The three spots will together tell a story, though Brower did not release exact details.

“The spots are very funny and you will see Orakpo and the Caveman have a unique relationship, is what I would call it,” he said.

CAA Football marketing agent Howard Skall, who represents Orakpo, said two of the spots play off Orakpo’s last name, which is pronounced “Orakpo,” in case you were wondering.

Video: Pat Summit Addresses Dementia in Message to Fans

It was reported today that Pat Summit, the head coach of the women’s basketball team at the University of Tennessee, has been diagnosed with early-onset dementia, a form of Alzheimer’s disease. Summit, 59, addressed the diagnosis she received at the Mayo Clinic in a video to the public and said he plans to coach the Lady Vols this year and “for as long as the Good Lord is willing.”

Summitt has won eight NCAA titles and is the winningest basketball coach in NCAA history.

Good luck, coach.

Brian Kenny Leaving ESPN After 13 Years

After 13 years at ESPN, anchor Brian Kenny is leaving the network in September.

“Brian did great work for us. His contract was up and he found a new opportunity,” ESPN spokesman Mike Soltys told Michael McCarthy of USA Today Monday.

Kenny, who just finished another season as host of ESPN2′s Friday Night Fights, will host his final SportsCenter early next month.

McCarthy hinted that the former Baseball Tonight anchor and Wednesday Night Baseball play-by-play announcer could end up at MLB Network.

 

 

Reports: UFC, Fox Agree To A TV Deal

The Ultimate Fighting Championship is coming to broadcast TV as part of a new deal with Fox.

John Ourand at Sports Business Journal broke the news about the multiyear deal, which is expected to be formally announced this week. Fox will broadcast up to four UFC events per year starting in 2012.

In addition, UFC’s cable content (The Ultimate Fighter, Fight Night) will move to FX starting in January. Ourand reported that bidding had gone as high as $90 million per year.

Moving to broadcast TV is a huge step for a sport that’s getting bigger by the minute. And between the addition of college football and UFC, FX is poised to be a target destination for the male demographic starting this fall.

 

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