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University of Texas Cashing In Thanks To ESPN

ESPN has hooked their horns in the Longhorn Network.

According to, the University of Texas has reached an agreement with ESPN to distribute the Longhorn Network on cable systems beginning in the fall of 2011, earning the school an extra $12 million a year in television revenue.

As part of the deal, ESPN will pay Texas $10 million up front, making UT as the top TV revenue-producing school in the country.

The deal is for 10 years and would guarantee Texas $12 million annually in addition to the revenue the school would receive as part of the Big 12′s current television deal with ABC/ESPN and Fox. As part of the current Big 12 television deal, Texas will earn roughly $17 million in 2011-12 and $20 million beginning in 2012-13. Read more

The Daily Line Cancelled After Seven Months

Jenn Sterger suddenly has time to speak to the NFL.

Her Versus nightly sports news show, The Daily Line, was cancelled after just seven months because of poor ratings.

The show was averaging just 53,000 viewers for each live show and drew a dismal 8,000 viewers on Sept. 27, when the show was going head-to-head against the Green Bay-Chicago game on Monday Night Football.

The last episode of The Daily Line will air on Thursday, Nov. 4.

So When Do We Start Talking About the New Jersey Nets?

As the NBA season approaches, we sure have been hearing a lot about the New York Knicks.

But wasn’t this going to be the year we started talking about the New Jersey Nets? The team has a new owner – Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov – a solid core of young players, and a new arena on the way in Brooklyn.

The Knicks were, well, just the Knicks after blowing the LeBron James. This was supposed to be the Nets year. So what happened?

Well, for one, Amar’e happened. The Knicks failed to land the biggest name in the basketball uniform, but they managed to get another prize in the six-foot , 10-inch tall center. The Nets didn’t land anyone. Additionally, despite the promise of Jay-Z leading cheers in Brooklyn, the Nets are still mired in New Jersey.

The results: Stories about the Knicks outnumber those about the Nets almost two-to-one.

In fact, according to Google Trends, the ratio of Knicks mentions to Nets mentions is actually worse now than it has been in the past. (One point nine-to-one in the past 12 months versus 1.7-to-one historically.)

The only time the Nets significantly topped the Knicks in Google Trends during the last 12 months? December 3, 2009, the day the team fell to 0-18 and broke the NBA’s record for futility. D’oh!

And then there are the Trends since 2004… Read more

The SportsNewser Interview: Marc Spears

On Thursday night, SportsNewser had a chance to attend a screening of Katrina Cop in the Superdome at the Bel-Air Film Festival, which was co-produced by Yahoo! Sports NBA writer Marc Spears.

The documentary tells the story of Spears’ cousin, Rhett Charles, an officer for the New Orleans Police department, who was assigned to the Superdome during Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. Charles’ story of what went on inside the Superdome before and after Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans is absolutely chilling.

SportsNewser had the chance to talk to Spears following the screening on how the documentary came together and what the Superdome means to him.

SportsNewser: How did Katrina Cop in the Superdome come together? Read more

MLB Cuts Ad Celebrating Roy Halladay No-No

Talk about quick turnaround. Major League Baseball has cut a special “Beyond Baseball” TV spot celebrating Philadelphia Phillies Pitcher Roy Halladay‘s no-hitter Wednesday. The ad will debut tonight during the matchup between the Phillies and Cincinnatiti Reds, which begins at 6 PM ET.

The ad, titled “Beyond Expectations,” is meant to drum up excitement around the 2010 MLB postseason. “When these moments take place, they are no longer players, and we are no longer fans, we are witnesses to the unbelievable… so don’t miss another moment of the 2010 postseason, where any game can go beyond expectations… ” the voiceover says.

You can check out the ad here.

Got Talent? HBO Seeks New Sports Segment Producer

HBO has been bringing you outstanding sports coverage for years, and now you can be a part of the team that creates the imagery to go with it. The TV company is looking for a new segment producer, who has a strong knowledge of sports journalism, and can pack a punch with his or her production skills.

If you want to land this position, you must have a keen eye for the perfect shot and impeccable graphic/visual sense. Of course, you should also possess top-notch writing, researching and reporting skills, too. This is the big league, so you should be on your game as far as managing projects and budgets, and making sure you hit your scheduled targets.

To be considered, you’ll need a minimum five years of experience producing long-form TV news magazine segments. You should also be super organized, a problem-solver and have unparalleled news judgment to make the cut for this competitive gig. Think you have what it takes? Apply here.

Univision Teams Up With NFL On Website

Univision Interactive Media and the NFL are teaming up to launch, the new official Spanish-language website of the league.

The new website will combine and to bring fans one destination on the web.

“We are a leading interactive destination for exclusive, comprehensive sports coverage, and providing this new NFL experience to Latino fans worldwide extends Univision’s already strong position in the market,” said Kevin Conroy, president, Univision Interactive Media. “We’re working very closely with the NFL to deliver a great experience for our users, while also making it possible for leading advertisers to reach our valuable audience with targeted football content and relevant sports brand messaging that connects them with Hispanic sports fans more than ever before.”

The new website, which is live now, will include video highlights, photo galleries, live radio broadcasts, and a customized version of Fantasy Football.

And for those fans looking to access the from their mobile phones, you will be able to later this year.

ESPN Can't Break Into the LA Market

Local is all the rage these days. But can a massive sports media entity force its way into the conversation?

It’s harder than it looks.

Los Angeles Times columnist James Rainey takes a gander at ESPN’s foray into the city’s sports market and comes up with some telling observation. Namely, in the words of one unnamed “insider,” the network expected more than the 2.7 million unique visitors to its Los Angeles-branded site.

Additionally, local sites in Boston, New York, Dallas, and Chicago are struggling to gain a foothold. Read more