The latest happenings from around the world of sports

FOX Sports Net strikes rights deal with US Pro Golf Tour
US Pro Golf Tour has executed a TV rights agreement with National Sports Programming, owner and operator of FOX Sports Net (FSN), for a one-hour telecast of each of its nine regular tour events and a two-hour telecast of the Tour Championship.

Event telecasts will air on FSN the weekend beginning in May and will be re-aired on a weekday through November, concluding with the Tour Championship. US Pro Golf Tour is a wholly owned subsidiary of Greens Worldwide.

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CBS Sports distributes NCAA tournament games via iTunes
CBS Sports and Apple are bringing the 2006 NCAA Division I Basketball Championship, distributed by CBS's College Sports TV (CSTV), to the iTunes Music Store.

College basketball fans can pay $1.99 per game for condensed versions of all the 2006 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball championship games.

SPEED to air World of Outlaws series
SPEED will broadcast 15 one-hour, tape-delayed DIRT MotorSports World of Outlaws Late Model Series events. The broadcasts are a continuation of a multi-year contract with SPEED. The programs, produced by DIRT's New York production studio, will air on 15 Sunday nights July through December in 2006.

UNC Charlotte to install new scoring, video system at Halton Arena
The University of North Carolina Charlotte has selected Daktronics in Brookings, SD, to design, manufacture and install an integrated scoring and video system at Halton Arena.

The new scoring system incorporates a custom four-sided center-hung scoring and video display featuring Daktronics ProStar VideoPlus display technology.

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New Arizona Cardinals stadium control room to use Synergy 2 MD switcher
The new Arizona Cardinals stadium being built in Glendale, AZ, will include a Synergy 2 Multi-Definition (MD) production switcher in its control room.

Systems Integrator Pro Sound & Video will complete the installation in time to kick off the 2006-2007 NFL season.

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Navstar acquires control of Beijing Media
Navstar Media Holdings, a provider of television content in China, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire operational control and 70 percent ownership interest of Beijing Broadcasting and Television Media.

As part of the deal, Navstar will issue 900,000 shares of common stock to existing shareholders to secure a pre-Olympics 2008 Beijing Games sports miniseries featuring Chinese athletes.

Time Warner, CBS Sports, CSTV offer mini NCAA tournament games
Time Warner Cable, CBS Sports and CSTV have announced plans to provide additional coverage of the 2006 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship. The coverage will be composed of condensed versions of 63 games of the Division I games, including a free preview of the NCAA tournament available on demand.

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Packers, WFRV-TV renew agreement
The Green Bay Packers and WFRV-TV, the CBS O&O in Green bay, WI, have renewed their agreement for a comprehensive six-year statewide broadcasting partnership. The partnership will continue to bring year-round Packers programming, in addition to pre-season games, to fans throughout Wisconsin and the upper Midwest.

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