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Rangers Sign $1.6 Billion Extension With Fox

Fresh off their first playoff birth since 1999, the Texas Rangers have agreed to a 20-year contract extension with Fox Sports Southwest beginning in 2015.

The deal is reportedly worth $1.6 billion and is among the most lucrative in Major League Baseball for a team without their own regional sports network.

USA Today first reported the deal was worth $3 billion, but a Fox spokesman said that amount was “wildly inflated.”

The Rangers current deal is worth roughly $45 million a year, compared to $80 million a year as part of the extension.

Around the Horn & Pardon the Interruption Now In HD

Welcome to the 21st century, Around the Horn and Pardon the Interruption.

The two ESPN shows made their high definition debuts on Monday after moving from their standard definition Atlantic Video studio home of over eight years.

“We have loved our relationship with Washington-based Atlantic Studios, but we really have, for a time, wanted more space and the ability of changing the look of the show,” Around the Horn and Pardon the Interruption producer Erik Rydholm told the Washington Examiner. “I mean both “PTI” — which started in 2001 — and “Around the Horn” — that came a year after — have really not had a makeover or for that matter we have not made the transition to high definition. So really the time to change is here.”

The show looks stunning in HD (The orange just glows from Tony Kornheiser) and is a much needed makeover.

How close were the two shows packing up in Washington and moving to Los Angeles?

“We wanted a state-of-the-art facility and, for a time, we considered moving to the ESPN Los Angeles studios that are located in the LA Live complex across the street from the Staples Center,” Rydholm said. “But then we got a break and we will be moving into the Washington offices and studios of ABC and taking over the a newly renovated space that once was home to “Nightline.”

The Rehabilitation of Michael Vick Will Be Televised

Michael Vick – he of the dog fighting, the jail term, and worst Q rating on the planet – landed his very own positive Sports of the Times profile.

The quarterback, who earned his first start since 2006 on Sunday, was thrust into the spotlight after Kevin Kolb suffered a concussion in the first game of the year. Enter Vick, who joined the Eagles in August 2009 and played in 12 games last year but only threw 13 passes while running 24 times. The former Virginia Tech star played well in the opening day loss and even better in a week two victory over the Detroit Lions.

“I’m very proud of him,” Reid told Timesman William C. Rhoden. “It’s a true testament if you work hard, you keep your nose clean, good things can happen, and he’s worked very hard at doing both those things.”

More importantly, he’s rehabilitating his image. Read more

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