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Nike Re-Signs Michael Vick

Nike has re-signed Eagles quarterback Michael Vick to a sponsorship deal, four years after dropping him for his involvement in a dog-fighting ring that landed him in federal prison, Darren Rovell of CNBC reports.

“Michael acknowledges his past mistakes,” said Nike spokesman Derek Kent. “We do not condone those actions, but we support the positive changes he has made to better himself off the field.” Vick’s longtime agent Joel Segal told Rovell that “Michael is excited to have a long-term and strong relationship with Nike.”

Rovell writes, “It is believed to be the first time in the history of sports marketing that a brand that dumped an athlete came back to re-sign him.”

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Breaking: Pac-10 To Announce Media Rights Deal With ESPN, Fox

The Pac-10 Conference has agreed to a 12-year, $2.7 billion media rights deal with ESPN and Fox, according to John Ourand and Michael Smith of the Sports Business Journal.

ESPN and Fox will split coverage of the Pac 10′s basketball tournament and new football championship game. Fox will carry regular season college football games on FSN and FX. FSN will also carry regular season college basketball games.

As of July 1, the conference becomes the Pac-12 when Colorado and Utah officially join.

The deal, which averages out to more than $225 million per year, is expected to be formally announced Wednesday.

Developing …

The Final Four Is Set In Madden NFL 12 Contest

Danny Woodhead‘s run as the face of Madden NFL 12 is over.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers received 56 percent of the vote and knocked out the New England Patriots running back from the competition.

Peyton Hillis, Michael Vick and Adrian Peterson also advanced to the semi-finals. Read more

Former ESPN Analyst Fighting Prostate Cancer

Former ESPN college basketball analyst and St. John’s head coach Steve Lavin announced Friday he’s battling prostate cancer.

The 46-year-old Lavin was diagnosed last September but doctors told him he could delay treatment until after the season.

“My family feels fortunate that through annual health exams, we detected my condition at an early stage,” said Lavin in a statement. “This past fall I didn’t want to distract our team, but with the season behind us, we are now working with medical experts and taking the proper steps to tackle this health challenge head on.” Read more

The Best Blog You're Not Reading… The Shin Guardian

Head over to The Shin Guardian for some of the best soccer news and analysis around. And not just because it’s interview Week.

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.

Jets-Vikings Drama Makes For Ratings Winner

What do you get when you combine the nation’s largest television market, a cancerous wide receiver making his debut for a new team and creepy nude photos from (allegedly) a 41-year-old starting quarterback?

The highest overnight ratings for Monday Night Football.

For the first time this season, Monday Night Football (12.2) on ESPN drew a higher overnight than Sunday Night Football (11.7) on NBC, despite a 45-minute delay due to severe weather.

Jets-Vikings was the second-most viewed program on cable television this year and the sixth-most viewed program in cable television history in both households and viewers.

Monday’s ratings were also up 20 percent over last year’s Week 5 game between the Jets and Miami Dolphins.

Monday Night Football is due for a letdown next week as Jacksonville hosts Tennessee.

Good luck trying to sell that one out, Jacksonville.

General Manager Shaq?

Shaq (failed actor, failed rapper) is realizing his post-career plans should probably include basketball. The newest idea: New Jersey Nets general manager.

“I would have liked to see the new owner get with the guy who built the arena and keep the Nets there,” he said earlier this week. “I don’t want to see the team go to Brooklyn. Maybe the two heads can get together, they can do that and I can come down there and become general manager.”

His current team – the Boston Celtics – probably wouldn’t be too happy if he left to GM their Eastern Conference rivals, but the Big Aristotle isn’t ready to depart yet. (He might be soon, however, if Nate Robinson keeps dunking on him.)

Shaq might not be the best judge of talent but he has one part of the GM job down already: He certainly knows how to handle the media.