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Sirius XM Lands Manchester United, Stock Explodes

This is a surprise. Sirius XM inked a multi-year deal with Manchester United and watched its stock price soar to a 52-week high.

The agreement makes the Internet venture the official U.S. radio broadcaster of the English Premier League club. Sirius XM will air Man U’s official club broadcast.

“Manchester United is one of the most famous and widely followed sports franchises in all of the world and we’re thrilled to offer our listeners access to every one of their Premier League matches,” Sirius president and chief content officer Scott Greenstein said in a release. “Fans across the U.S. will be able to tune in to live play-by-play through their radios, through their computers and through the Sirius XM App.”

The stock is up 150 percent over the last year.

CBS Develops Sitcom On The Life Of Colin Cowherd

Learning nothing from the short-lived Listen Up, CBS will develop a half-hour comedy based on the life of ESPN personality Colin Cowherd.

Bill Martin and Mike Schiff, creators of Grounded for Life, are the duo behind the show, serving as writers and executive producers. Cowherd will serve as a producer.

In 2oo5, Jason Alexander starred in the CBS comedy Listen Up, based on the life of former Washington Post columnist and Pardon the Interruption host Tony Kornheiser. The show lasted only one season. Read more

Shannon Sharpe Appears on CBS Pregame Despite Potential Legal Trouble

Could this be the beginning of the end for CBS’s NFL Today co-host Shannon Sharpe?

According to the New York Post:

A woman named Michele Bundy, believed to be Sharpe’s girlfriend, was granted a temporary restraining order against him on Thursday in Atlanta’s Fulton County Superior Court. The dispute has been classified as a “family violence” case, though it is not known why Bundy filed for the restraining order.

Phil Mushnick reports women have filed 10 civil complaints against Sharpe since 1994.

The former Denver Broncos star, who appeared on the CBS show Sunday, joined the network in 2004. He appeared on the pregame show Sunday, with network brass saying that no charges had been filed.

NYT Reporter Complains Media Focuses on Marathon Match, Writes Article About Marathon Match

In June, John Isner battled Nicolas Mahut in the longest match in Wimbledon history. The pair played for more than 11 hours with the American winning 70-68 in the fifth set.

As Isner is learning, participating in a historical match like that will follow you for a long time. There are many issues. The toll it takes on your body. The bond he shares with Mahut. The constant questions at press conferences two month removed from the event. The fact that you’ll always be the guy who won the longest match in history.

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Mike Florio, Pro Footbal Talk Going to Sunday Nights

When NBC Sports partnered with football blog Pro Football Talk and its founder Mike Florio last year, the goal was to boost the company’s web presence. Now it seems, it is going both ways.

Florio announced late last night that he will be appearing on the “Sunday Night Football” post-game show with Bob Costas this upcoming season. His will be starting September 12, following the Washington Redskins-Dallas Cowboys matchup. He will also be taping a web-only feature with Rodney Harrison during each SNF game.

Florio is not a stranger to TV, as he notes in his post he appeared during the halftime show for a handful of Notre Dame games on NBC last season.

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Roger Federer's Amazing Shot Brings Joy to Tennis Announcers

Being a tennis broadcaster is not always the easiest job in the world. Just think back to Wimbledon in June, which had the now-legendary match between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut which lasted 11 hours over three days.

But when you have a player like Roger Federer in the game, it makes play-by-play that much more interesting. This shot was the talk of day one of the US Open:

ESPN Airs Real 'Friday Night Lights,' Bothers Locals

Sometimes, seeing how the TV sausage is made is not the most pleasant experience. Take the example of the fine folks of Folsom, California which hosted ESPN last week when the network televised a high school matchup between Folsom and nearby Grant.

The coaches, players and local media were excited… until they got a taste of what TV is all about:

“The national exposure is great for the kids and the fans, but being told exactly what you could have on your sideline, like water buckets, is new to me,” Grant coach Mike Alberghini said. “During a game, I’m in a tunnel vision of thought and anger, but this was (different).

It may be new to him, but that is how ESPN-and most other TV networks-operate. Did the network inconvenience some people? Perhaps, but what ESPN did was not all that bad.

A commenter on the story nailed it:

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Eight More Years for Major League Soccer and Adidas

Major League Soccer and adidas announced an eight-year partnership Monday that will provide the soccer league with $200 million between now and 2018. It replaces the pair’s agreement that ran through 2014. The dollar amount includes apparel as well as increased investments in youth development, specifically the Generation adidas and home grown talent programs.

What does this mean for MLS? Ultimately, it’s a good thing. The money isn’t huge – consider vendors sold $3.2 billion worth of NFL-licensed merchandise in 2007 alone – but there’s a growing market for uniforms. (French star Thierry Henry’s New York Red Bulls jersey recently replaced David Beckham’s as the league’s bestseller and will sell 50,000 kits this year.)

What’s more interesting, perhaps, is the battle between adidas and Nike for future profits involving soccer in America. Both companies understand this is a growth market and are angling to get their fair share. While adidas shores up its relationship with MLS, Nike and the US Soccer Federation are partners… at least through 2014. After that, who knows.

Chuck Klosterman Returns to the Pages of GQ

In GQ‘s September issue (yes, the Lebron one), Chuck Klosterman writes a short piece about the National Football League called “Five brilliant ideas to make America’s best game even better.”

It’s a classic Klosterman-y (Klosterman-esque?) list, full of incremental changes that would make a difference such as “Tweak the enforcement of pass interference” and “Microscopically increase the success of the onside kicks.” (And stop talking about Brett Farve, which is completely supported from this quarter.)

It’s also a return to the pages of the men’s magazine and something of a coup for Jim Nelson and the Conde Nast crew. Klosterman, an Esquire columnist until last year, wrote about the band Pavement for GQ in March. His latest appearance could signal a continued switch of allegiance.

Then again, it might mean GQ got him on the phone, said they needed 500 words about the future of the NFL, and they were paying $3 per word. Two hours later, viola.

Regardless, welcome back, Chuck. Now go fix baseball.

Welcome to SportsNewser

Today, we are happy to announce the launch of SportsNewser, mediabistro.com’s blog covering the sports media business.

“SportsNewser is a natural extension of our blog media network,” said Alan M. Meckler, Chairman and CEO of WebMediaBrands. “SportsNewser is the first blog devoted exclusively to covering the rapidly growing field of sports media and entertainment.”

So welcome, take a look around, see what we have been working on by clicking through to the next page.

You can also check out a few of our favorite posts from the past few weeks below:

Which Sports Teams or Leagues Could Start Their Own TV Network?
The SportsNewser Interview: Mike Leach
What Lies In Store for Soccer on Television?
Roger Clemens Takes to Twitter Following Indictment
Shaquille O’Neal Wants a Sketch Comedy Show
Dan Marino and Sean McManus: After Retirement, Brett Favre Could be a Broadcaster

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