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SI.com's Richard Deitsch reported HBO this week "completed the rough cut for its upcoming" documentary about UNLV's men's basketball team titled, "Runnin' Rebels of UNLV," set to debut on March 12. The documentary, centering on the program under coach Jerry Tarkanian, will be narrated by actor Liev Schreiber. HBO Sports co-Producer George Roy said, "The signature elements of it are somewhat obvious -- the 1990 and 1991 teams were the teams that everyone connect to UNLV. But this is also about Jerry's era. He got there in 1973 and almost right away changed the face of basketball at UNLV and brought a lot of attention to the school, positively and negatively." Roy said that HBO "attempted to get NCAA vice president David Berst, the original investigator in the case against Tarkanian and UNLV, but he and many others in the NCAA declined to speak" (SI.com, 1/17).

SERVE & VOLLEY: Fox Business Network has teamed up with Tennis Channel for the second straight year to "bring viewers daily updates of market moves and courtside play" during the '11 Grand Slam events (SI.com, 1/18). Meanwhile, in St. Petersburg, Tom Jones wrote viewers are "the ones hurt most" by tennis analyst Mary Carillo's departure from ESPN. Jones: "There is no better analyst in tennis -- and very few sports analysts period -- better than Carillo" (TAMPABAY.com, 1/18).

SAFE AT HOME? In Salt Lake City, Scott Pierce notes the forthcoming Showtime series chronicling the MLB Giants' season will "have the cooperation of both the Giants and Major League Baseball, and it will be produced by MLB Productions." Pierce: "So if the truth is particularly unflattering, it will get edited out." Showtime Entertainment President David Nevins insisted MLB officials are "interested in really telling an honest story." But Pierce writes, "That seems unlikely. Unless that story is squeaky clean. And, if it's squeaky clean, that makes for bad reality TV" (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 1/19).

NOTES: SportsNet N.Y. and the Jets yesterday announced that they have renewed their TV and marketing partnership. The multiyear agreement features access to Jets players, coaches and execs. SNY also retains the right to distribute Jets content via SNY.tv (SNY)....FoxSoccer.com drew 1.4 million unique users during December '10, up 109% from December '09, and its highest total ever for a month not including World Cup or European Championship play (Eric Fisher, SportsBusiness Journal).
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