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ESPN Adding At Least 200 New Jobs In Connecticut

ESPN will add at least 200 jobs in the state of Connecticut over the next five years in exchange for tax breaks, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Tuesday.

It’s all part of the “First Five” program, that is encouraging five businesses to create 1,000 new jobs in the state. ESPN is the third company that has signed up for the program. Read more

AT&T Drops ESPN 3D

AT&T is the first cable provider to drop ESPN 3D, citing a high price tag.

“We’re always listening to customers and working to make sure we’re delivering the channels they want, while keeping costs down,” AT&T said in a statement. “The price tag for ESPN 3D was too high, especially considering the low demand we’ve seen from customers. We’ve decided not to renew our agreement for ESPN 3D.” Read more

Video: Bill Belichick Is Not Big On Social Media

We won’t have to ever worry about Bill Belichick joining Twitter, Facebook, or any other social media platform.

John Clayton Didn't Graduate Twitter 101

 

In the span of 48 hours, ESPN NFL analyst John Clayton has instantly become a Twitter superstar with over 135,000 followers.

While that’s great and all, I need to ask the fine PR folks in Bristol for a favor … can we get John to do something with his Twitter background?

That tiny head shot is bugging the crap out of me.

By the way, how soon before someone starts @johnclaytonsponytail?

[H/T Awful Announcing]

Jalen Rose Is Having A Bad Week With The Law

ESPN NBA analyst Jalen Rose can’t catch a break this week.

The same day he was sentenced to 20 days in jail for driving while intoxicated, Rose was issued a speeding ticket in Clawson, Mich.

The 38-year-old was clocked going 46 miles per hour in a 25 mph zone, according to Clawson police chief Harry Anderson.

He’s scheduled to report to the Oakland County Jail on Tuesday. Rose’s attorney, Keith Davidson, said he might appeal Wednesday’s decision before then.

 

Pac-12 Cuts New TV Deal

Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott announced on Wednesday at a news conference in New York City that the Pac-12 has partnered with cable companies Comcast, Cox, Time Warner and Bright House to form a national network, with six regional channels associated with the conference, too.

Every Pac-12 football and men’s basketball game will be televised nationally, part of approximately 850 sporting events that will air annually on the network. The 12-year deal will begin in August 2012. The conference already has a 12-year television contract worth about $3 billion with Fox and ESPN, which will air high-profile football and men’s basketball games.

The catch, however, is that you will need to have cable subscription with one of the aforementioned companies, as games will not be available via dish.

“We are hopeful, expect, we will have additional distribution with satellite companies and other cable companies,” Scott said.

That avenue has not been explored as yet.

“We haven’t been approached,” said Robert Mercer, director of public relations for DirecTV, “so nothing to talk about right now.”

New ESPN Series Focuses on Communities Renovating HS Athletic Facilities

Beginning in September, a new series from ESPN, RISE UP, will focus on four communities that came together to renovate their high school athletic facilities. The show will debut on Tuesday, September 7, and run for the following three Tuesdays, with all episodes airing at 7 p.m. ET. The series will be hosted by ESPN college football analyst Chris Spielman and mechanical engineer and television personality Deanne Bell.

Countrysinger Kenny Chesney co-wrote and will record the theme song for the series.

The schools and communities highlighted in the series are:

  • Wellston High School in Wellston, OH
  • The Dorchester Education Complex in Boston, MA
  • Ingraham High School in Seattle, WA
  • Walter H. Dyett High School in Chicago, IL

“I am pleased to be part of a team dedicated to giving back and serving schools that have a desire to excel both on the field and off,” said Spielman. “Our goal is to provide these students with the proper tools and equipment to give them an opportunity to succeed. I believe what you give will grow, what you keep you will lose.”

Jalen Rose Sentenced to 20 Days in Jail for Drunk Driving

ESPN basketball commentator Jalen Rose has been sentenced to 20 days in jail for driving while intoxicated, or approximately 3.3 days per martini (six) that Rose admitted to drinking before rolling his Cadillac Escalade in Michigan in March.

Rose will report to the Oakland County Jail on Tuesday to be housed with 1,200 other inmates.

His defense attorney had pleaded with the judge not to send Rose to jail, but to no avail.

“Jalen Rose’s whole life has been about community service,” James Burdick said. “He has accepted his responsibility from the very first day. The most difficult thing Jalen has had to do is sit down with his young children and explain what daddy has done.”

Rose, in a brief statement, said he has been “humbled and humiliated by this process.”

New Poker League Signs Television Deal with CBS

A new poker league has signed a television deal with CBS, with seven hours of programming planned for the league’s first year, or roughly how many hours of poker were aired on ESPN in the last seven hours.

Epic Poker League is angling to become “the equivalent of professional tennis or golf to card sharks.”

The shows will be hosted by Pat O’Brien, who’s covered the Olympics, Super Bowls and a lot of news programs featuring the Kardashians.

Epic Poker League officials said the deal will include 20 hours of programming from five poker tournaments, including a $1 million freeroll no-limit Texas Hold ‘em championship planned in February in Las Vegas. Most of the Epic tournaments will air on Velocity, a Discovery Communications network launching in October.

“Epic Poker is proud to partner with CBS Television and Discovery Communications in our inaugural season,” said Jeffrey Pollack, executive chairman of the Epic Poker League and its parent company, Federated Sports + Gaming. “Both companies share our commitment to providing a world-class stage and significant new exposure for poker’s most talented live tournament players.”
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Here's the Movie Poster for Moneyball

A lone man in street clothes stands in center field at a sun-splashed, idyllic ball park, with hands in his pockets, staring back towards home plate. The man is Brad Pitt, and he’s apparently conveying the spirit of Moneyball, a book that’s long on statistics and short on the short of Field of Dreams ambience this movie poster is trying to sell. Can’t really blame the producers, though; Brad Pitt poring over on-base percentages probably wouldn’t bring in as many casual baseball fans.

The movie, which co-stars Jonah Hill and Philip Seymour Hoffman, comes out this fall. Its tagline? “What are you really worth.”

(H/T to Rob Neyer at SB Nation)

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