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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.

 

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Hugh Douglas Joins ESPN As Studio Analyst

Former NFL veteran Hugh Douglas is joining ESPN as a studio analyst.

The former NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year will provide analysis on SportsCenter, NFL Live, First Take and ESPNEWS.

Douglas makes his ESPN debut Monday, including an appearance on NFL Live at 4 p.m. ET.

“I am very excited about becoming a part of the ESPN family,” Douglas said. “I plan to approach my role with ESPN with the same tenacity and commitment that I had during my 10-year NFL career.”

Following his retirement in 2004, Douglas worked as a sports radio personality on Philadelphia’s WIP 610 Radio and served as an on-air reporter for Comcast SportsNet.

 

Win $1M or New Truck in DirecTV NASCAR Bracket

If you’re like me, you need to be given a damn good reason to take an interest in NASCAR. Well, how about one million reasons? For the second year in a row, DirecTV is running its NASCAR Head2Head Knockout fantasy racing game on ESPN.com, which pits 32 drivers against each other in a four-week contest to determine which one is still standing when the checkered flag drops. And if your bracket is perfect, it could be worth $1 million. If it’s not perfect — but simply better than everyone else’s — you’ll win a $45,000 truck.

Starting at Pocono and continuing through the three races at Watkins Glen, Michigan and Bristol, you’ll have a chance to pick a winner in 29 driver matchups. In week one, each correct answer in the 16 matchups will be worth 20 points with the eight potential wins in week 2 worth 40 points apiece. Then, the wins in week three will add 80 points per to your total. In the final week, you’ll rank your final four drivers according to order of finish, and if your top one comes out ahead, you’ll get 160 points. That means over the four weeks, the maximum number of points you could receive is 1,120.

If you collected that many points there’s a very good chance you’d be the champion with the first prize a full size truck valued at $45,000 from on the manufacturer of the winning driver of race four.

You could also be in line for the Perfect Bracket Prize, which would be worth up to $1 million. To be “perfect” you would not only need to nail a perfect score, but also predict the correct finishing position order for each of those final four drivers in the race at Bristol.

ESPN The Weekend Ending At Walt Disney Resort

The Walt Disney Resort in Orlando will no longer serve as the home for “ESPN The Weekeend.”

Walt Disney World sports media director Darrell Fry made the announcement on the Disney Parks blog:

“In order to focus our efforts on ESPN’s growing year-round presence at Walt Disney World Resort, we have decided to no longer host ESPN The Weekend.

As you may know, the event was first created in 2004 in support of ESPN’s 25th anniversary and, along with ESPN Club, served as ESPN’s first significant presence here. While the event has continued for seven more successful years, our relationship with ESPN has evolved significantly and positively. This has resulted in new branding for the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, new opportunities for millions of athletes, coaches and fans, and hundreds of hours of ESPN programming, making our guests part of the show. In addition, the sports complex has become home to the ESPN Innovation Lab, which is the official development hub for ESPN’s 3D network.

Moving forward, our focus will be on creating events like the new ESPN RISE Girls Showcase and the ESPN RISE Games, which provide a stage for tens of thousands of athletes from around the country, and providing opportunities for guests to be part of events they’ve only before watched on television, such as the Home Depot College Football Awards and the Old Spice Classic.”

 

Joe Rogan To Host Relaunch Of Fear Factor

Joe Rogan is returning to his roots.

The UFC color commentator will host the relaunch of NBC’s Fear Factor.

Rogan hosted the show during its first run from 2001 to 2006. NBC ordered eight episodes and production begins in August. If the ratings are strong, additional episodes could be ordered.

Eight new episodes of the show will be produced beginning next month and the series is expected to debut on NBC in September.

The show’s format will remain mostly the same except contestants will compete in pairs rather than as individuals.

 

 

 

 

Video: Regis Grills Michelle Beadle On Internet Porn

Leave it to the 79-year-old Regis Philbin to ask the question sports fans have been wondering: Does Michelle Beadle watch Internet porn?

Thanks, Regis. You can officially retire now.

 

New York Post Basically Ignores World Cup News


(Oh boy, that’s Morgan Freeman’s music.)

On Thursday, FIFA will award the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to two separate nations. This is massive news. The New York Times has George Vecsey and Jere Longman on the case. Reuters is covering the proceedings in great detail. Australia’s Herald Sun wants in. Literally thousands of outlets are printing stories about what’s going down in Zurich, Switzerland.

And then there’s the New York Post. Read more

James Brown: Studio Host, Entreprenuer

Fun facts we learned in The New York Times‘s profile of James Brown, who “invested a six-figure sum to start [Brown Technology], which specializes in database management and information security.”

  • He “sold Xerox and Eastman Kodak copiers to federal agencies in the 1970s and ’80s.”
  • He lost 40 pounds after hitting almost 300 on the scales with the help of a good diet: “His lunch of Greek organic yogurt, maple syrup and raw sunflower seeds awaited him in a small black bag.”
  • He leverages his celebrity, and the executives of the company enjoy football metaphors: “When we get the ball inside the 20, we give it to J. B. and he scores,” Reginald Brown said. “If we call one of our customers and say, ‘J. B. is coming to meet with you,’ who would tell him no?”
  • “He wanted to build a company that would hire disadvantaged workers and dispel images about minority-owned businesses.”
  • Another Bay Area Team Adopts the Misfit Meme

    Remember when the San Francisco Giants won the hearts and minds of America (oh, and the World Series) as a loveable group of misfits?

    We were all like, “Who are these guys?” And it was fun, because we love rooting for the underdog, even if that whole torture thing was a bit creepy, yes? (Plus, beards!)

    The underdog Giants played as if there wasn’t any pressure on them. Because there wasn’t, and not just because everyone in the city was stoned. They were a bunch of cast-offs, guys who couldn’t find homes elsewhere. General manager Brian Sabean brought them together and, boom, magic.

    The media loved the angle, too. The Giants had personality. They had charisma. They had Tim Lincecum. And they weren’t the New York Yankees.

    Where were we? Right, another Bay Area squad is borrowing the underdog tag.

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    SB Nation Gets Paid

    Is this the equivalent of a young upstart phenom signing his first big contract?

    All Things D reports that SB Nation raised $10.5 million in Series C funding. Khosla Ventures led the round. The collection of 290 sports and news sites had previously raised $13 million.

    Kara Swisher believes SB Nation will be valued in the $60-$90 million range.

    Markos Moulitsas, of Daily Kos fame, and others founded the startup in 2003 which has thrived recently under the leadership of Jim Bankoff.

    (H/t Fang’s Bits.)

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