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Mark Cuban Vs. the BCS, Part Three (or Maybe 50)

Every boxing fan has complained about the number of undefeated boxers. Seems like any up any coming “contender” has fought the same 12 – 14 record boxer and the same 52-year-old former champs. Whatever it takes to get you wins and keep you un-defeated. It’s the Don King special.
BCS Schools have obviously been watching. Here are some fun facts showing just how big an impact cupcakes have on the teams that make it to the BCS Bowl Games:

And thus begins Mark Cuban‘s articulate rant about the evils of the BCS system. (Well at least the latest one.)

The Dallas Mavericks owner is right, of course. Read more

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Professional Bull Riders Taps Dockery Clark as CMO

Dockery Clark has herself a new ride. The former senior brand director of sports and entertainment marketing for Miller Brewing Company and MillerCoors will join Professional Bull Riders as chief management officer.

In her previous position, Clark worked to secure sponsorships with National Football League, NASCAR, Team Penske (#2 Miller Lite Dodge), the World Series of Poker, New York Fashion Week, the Ultimate Fighting Championships, and others. (Really, Miller sponsors New York Fashion Week?)

“The PBR is a compelling sports brand with highly-skilled and highly-marketable athletes,” she said in a statement. “I’m passionate about what the PBR stands for and excited to promote the brand globally and help us win in a very competitive marketplace.”

Clark has one built-in advantage: PBR already has a sweet logo.

Breaking: Disney, Time Warner Cable Cut Deal

Disney and Time Warner Cable have finally cut a deal, ensuring that the ESPN networks will remain on-air for TWC customers.

For TWC customers that are also sports fans, the deal also brings a number of new services as well:

ESPN3.com: TWC cable customers that also get high speed internet through the company will get access to the ESPN3.com broadband network. Australian Rules Football fans, rejoice!

ESPN Goal Line: A new highlight channel, available to TWC sports tier customers. The once-a-week channel is similar to NFL RedZone, but for college football. Every Saturday the channel will be available, giving customers live look-ins to exciting games, with a particular focus on teams that are in scoring range. A similar service called ESPN Buzzer Beater will be available during college basketball season.

Authentication: The ability to watch ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU through broadband services “as well as mobile Internet devices like an iPad.” Details on the service will be revealed at a later date.

The press release, with more details about the deal, is after the jump.

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The Best Blog You're Not Reading: This Is American Soccer

In our new Friday afternoon series, we will bring you an excellent sports media-related blog you’ve probably never heard because you don’t spend all day, every day wander the backwaters of the Internet. In the first edition, This Is American Soccer.

Adam Spangler, previously an editor at Vanity Fair, launched TIAS with the goal of giving “a glimpse into the soul of American soccer by capturing moments in time – digital stamps to let those who follow understand the world’s most popular sport in a malnourished American enviroment.” And he’s succeeding, thanks to brilliant longform journalism, investigations into the sport’s youth movement, interviews with figures such as Spike Lee.

Longform sports writing in this country is dying, but Spangler’s keeping it alive at TIAS. We wish him the best.