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SBD/January 26, 2011/Media
Published January 26, 2011
LEVEL PLAYING FIELD? Texas A&M AD Bill Byrne yesterday said of the Univ. of Texas starting its own TV network, “I can’t speak for the NCAA, but I would imagine the governing body will look into the use of a collegiate television network airing games of prospective student-athletes. I understand networks such as FSN and ESPN airing high school sports, but whether or not employees under contract with a university that may have additional contact would seem to be an issue.” Texas A&M women’s basketball coach Gary Blair said, “Are we all still going to be on the same level playing field? I want to be on the same level playing field as much as I can, particularly in recruiting” (SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS, 1/26).
PLAYERS' PERSPECTIVE: USA TODAY’s Michael Hiestand reports Fox’ coverage of the NFL Pro Bowl on Sunday “might produce an audition tape for an adventurous old TV camera to use for a comeback: the helmet cam.” Though not formally announced, Fox Sports Media Group co-President & co-COO Eric Shanks said, “We have guys who’ve agreed to wear HD-cam helmets.” Hiestand notes the Pro Bowl also allows Fox to “mike at least 10 players and coaches -- with some audio live -- and let studio analyst Terry Bradshaw serve as a game analyst” (USA TODAY, 1/26).
ON THE DOWNLOAD: Zuffa LLC filed a federal lawsuit Friday against Justin.tv Inc. over the “ongoing failure to meaningfully address the rampant and illegal uploading” of video from live UFC PPV events. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Nevada, “alleges copyright and trademark infringement.” It claims that on Oct. 23, “more than 50,000 people watched illegal live streaming feeds” of the UFC 121 PPV event (LAS VEGAS SUN, 1/22).