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MLB.com At Bat 11 Lands in iTunes App Store, Quickly Becomes Top Sports App

At midnight last night, MLB.com At Bat 11 went live in Apple’s iTunes App Store. Less than seven hours later, it was the top app in the sports category, and is currently moving its way up the overall charts, at #37 for the iPhone and #36 for the iPad as of writing.

That is despite the app’s $14.99 price tag, steep by App Store standards.

The 2011 edition of the app boasts a few new features, such as a customizable home screen that features the users favorite team, and more to be announced before the season officially gets underway.

iPhone and iPad users will also get a free preview of MLB.TV, featuring 150 live Spring Training games starting Feb. 26. Android users will get access to live games on opening day.

The fact that the At Bat app sells so well and so quickly, despite its relatively high price, speaks volumes about the reputation MLB.com has built up over the last few years in the mobile space.

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Clay Matthews Whips His Hair Back And Forth For Suave

Troy Polamalu isn’t the only football player with a hair endorsement.

According to Darren Rovell of CNBC, Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews signed a one-year deal with Suave. Terms were not disclosed but his deal includes media appearances before and after the Super Bowl and a production day to film a commercial or additional advertising.

“The idea behind Suave is that men need different products than women,” Matthews’ marketing agent Ryan Williams said. “Clay really wanted to do a deal like this.” Read more

Will Charles Barkley's TV Game Work for March Madness?

Big news this morning as TNT’s NBA crew joins CBS’s March Madness broadcasts. Marv Albert and Steve Kerr will call semi-final and regional final games, while Kerr jumps into the booth with Jim Nantz and Clark Kellogg for the Final Four games and the national championship.

The more exciting part, however, is this note: “Charles Barkley, Greg Anthony, and Kenny Smith will provide analysis throughout the tournament alongside [Greg] Gumbel or [Ernie] Johnson from the CBS Broadcast Center in New York.”

But will the whole thing work? Read more

New Rangers Owner Talks Wiping Away the Hicks Stink

The Texas Rangers sit on the brink of the World Series and The New York TimesRichard Sandomir caught up with owner Chuck Greenberg for a quick Q&A. It’s a pretty bland interview – with a nice detail about fellow owner Nolan Ryan – but one part caught our eye.

Greenberg and Ryan purchased the team from Tom Hicks – the very same man involved in the Liverpool mess. Sandomir asked, “Does this season wipe away the Hicks years? The answer:

What we’ve done is wipe out a lot of myths that have persisted for a long time. There was a myth you couldn’t pitch in Rangers Ballpark. Gone. That it was too hot. Gone. That we couldn’t hit on the road. Gone. That we couldn’t win in New York. Gone. For a long time, this franchise, for one reason or another, has suffered from a case of mistaken identity.

Liverpool fans, there is hope.

HBO Goes 24/7 With the NHL

HBO, which has lost a bit of its grasp on the sports documentary market thanks to the success of ESPN’s 30 for 30 series, announced it will give the 24/7 treatment to the National Hockey League’s “Winter Classic” between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals, two teams who hate each other.

Ross Greenburg, president, HBO Sports:

“Taking our reality series 24/7 into the world of the National Hockey League is a perfect fit. The 24/7 franchise is fashioned on larger-than-life personalities, engaging storylines, and unrestricted access. With Sidney Crosby leading the Penguins and Alex Ovechkin leading the Capitals, we have all the ingredients for a dynamic show that will take viewers deep inside professional hockey and set the stage for the Winter Classic.”

Isn’t this basically Hard Knocks: NHL? Read more