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MLB Launching Digital Campaign To Honor Jackie Robinson

In honor of Jackie Robinson Day, Major League Baseball is launching a new digital campaign called “IAM42.”

www.IAM42.com is designed for fans to make a personal connection with Jackie Robinson through online video sharing and social networking outlets.

The site, which launches Friday, features personal video tributes from more than 60 current players and legends to honor the 64th Anniversary of Robinson’s historic moment, including Baseball Hall of Famers Ernie Banks, Lou Brock and Andre Dawson; and MLB All-Stars Jason Heyward, Prince Fielder, David Price, Mariano Rivera and David Wright. It will be updated throughout the year leading up to the 65th anniversary of Jackie Robinson Day on April 15, 2012. Read more

Fox Sports To Carry 40 Big 12 Football Telecasts Starting In 2012

The Big 12 Conference and Fox Sports reached a 13-year agreement for the exclusive cable rights to 40 regular season football games, along with a variety of Olympic sports events and conference championships.

According to the Sports Business Daily, the deal is worth an average of $90 million per year.

The new deal takes effect with the 2012 football season and nearly doubles the number of regular season games under its current agreement. A majority of the telecasts will be shown on Fox Sports Net and several other games will be scheduled on FX as part of its recently announced college football slate. Read more

Charles Barkley And Kenny Smith Taking Part In NCAA Basketball Championship Selection Show

College basketball fans will get their first taste of Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith during the NCAA Basketball Championship Selection Show this Sunday on CBS.

Barkley and Smith will join Greg Gumbel, Greg Anthony and Seth Davis of CBS Sports during the exclusive, live first-time announcement of the pairings for the 2011 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship.

The NCAA Basketball Championship Selection Show will also be streamed live on NCAA March Madness on Demand (MMOD) available at NCAA.com, CBSSports.com, and SI.com.

What Has Chris Webber All Choked Up?

You know things are bad when Chris Webber is openly mocking you. Keep your head up, Miami.

Sporting News, AOL Enter New Content Agreement

Starting on Mar. 1, the Sporting News and AOL will enter a new content agreement, “delivering a “best-of-breed” sports destination with compelling multi-media content and unsurpassed user experience, and the premier sports advertising environment on the web.”

The editorial control on the Sporting News remains the same but it will add national columnists from AOL’s FanHouse and add North American Soccer coverage to its core day-to-day offerings.

For AOL users, there will be a link from the AOL homepage to the relaunched Sporting News website where you will be able to keep up with your favorite FanHouse writers and columnists. The new URL after the site relaunches will be www.aol.sportingnews.com.

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NYT Editor: "We Let Down Readers" Regarding Rhoden Jets/Pats Article

Remember that whole “William Rhoden publishes the wrong column” debacle? The Columbia Journalism Review breaks down the entire ordeal nicely, giving credit to The New York Times sports editor Tom Jolly for admitting “We let down readers” and “Simply put, we goofed.”

But the article goes further than that and writer Lauren Kirchner‘s take is a smart one: The Times‘ revisionist history opens up a slippery slope, and it’s important they recognize that fact. But, this isn’t the end of journalism as we know it. Rhoden’s mistake wasn’t changing his opinion; it was altering what he wrote without explaining his thought process. Read more

Another WPS Team Takes A Break

The Women’s Professional Soccer league lives on but it will do so without one of its seven remaining franchises.

The Chicago Red Stars will suspend operations for the 2011 season after failing to meet funding requirements set forth by the struggling league. The WPS will play its reduced schedule with only six squads.

Red Stars part-owner Arnim Whisler told the Associated Press that some investors were “scared away”

The team will attempt to return in 2012, which is great… except for the fact that the entire league may not exist beyond this year. They may get a boost from the Women’s World Cup this summer, but success in the international game might not translate to ticket sales and sponsorship money for WPS.

In the meantime, the Red Stars management hopes to find places for its players to play.

“We will work with our players to help them find teams quickly while the free market is in full swing,” Whisler said.

That’s a lovely sentiment, but there’s currently a glut of female soccer talent who need jobs. The Red Stars are the fourth team to disband in the past year, leaving a flooded market. The best (read: most marketable) couple players – members of the United States national team – will land jobs, but the rest of the roster will struggle to latch on to a club.

Christmas Eve Forces Smackdown To USA Network

World Wrestling Entertainment is making sure you don’t have to chose between spending time with the family or watching Smackdown on Christmas Eve.

For one night only, Smackdown will air live on the USA Network on Tuesday, Dec. 21 at 9:00 p.m. ET.

Normally Smackdown tapes on Tuesday and airs Friday evenings on the Syfy Network.

In addition to Smackdown, the USA Network will air a special two-hour version of the WWE’s Tribute to the Troops special on Wednesday, Dec. 22 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

MLB Bringing Silver Slugger Awards to TV

Major League Baseball is taking its annual Silver Slugger Awards to the television set. MLB Network will air the 2010 Silver Slugger Award announcement show live Thursday, November 11, starting at 6 PM ET.

The event is part of the network’s off-season original programming push, which is seeking to give baseball fans a stockpile of original content to enjoy in the gap between the end of the World Series, and when pitchers and catchers report next Spring.

The league has been leveraging MLB Network, presenting awards and events like the MLB draft in a way that haven’t been presented in years prior. Adding the Silver Sluggers to that list makes sense. Hardcore baseball fans will find it must-see TV, while the event aspect broadens the appeal.

Also on tap for the coming months are new episodes of MLB Network series’ “Prime 9″ and “MLB Network Countdown,” as well as original documentaries.

More information, after the jump.

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Run Marathons. Just Don't Get Hurt

The New York Times – gearing up for the New York City Marathon with On The Run (Look! Old guys running marathons!) – takes a look at runnings who can’t get insurance.

Huh?

Well, apparently health insurance companies like runners because they are fit. They don’t, however, want to insure marathoners because they get hurt. Like all the time.

Another study published in 2008 in The Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports found that 28 percent of 694 male runners polled sustained a lower-extremity injury while running in a marathon or in the month before it.

As a result, runners get lumped into the same category as overweight people of the same age who are greater risks for more serious (read: costly) health problems. Ridiculous but true.

I just ran five miles. As a blogger, I have free time on my hands. Let’s stop talking about concussions and discuss the fact that I can’t get cheaper health insurance.

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