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Borrelli joins NEP Broadcasting
Louis A. Borrelli Jr. has been named chief executive officer of NEP Broadcasting. Previously, Borrelli was senior vice president, broadband distribution and local promotion for AOL’s broadband business unit.

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ESPN launches college sports network
ESPN launched ESPNU, its new college sports network March 4. The new network will cover about 300 live events – both regular season and championships - in its first year.

Events will include top Division I football and men's and women's basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball, lacrosse, hockey and wrestling.

OLN wins rights to telecast AVP Nissan Series semifinals
AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour has granted OLN the exclusive rights to televise one men's and one women's semifinal at each of the 14 AVP Nissan Series tournaments throughout the 2005 season.

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MLB Productions, INHD team up on `Cathedrals of the Game’
Major League Baseball Productions, the in-house television and video production division of Major League Baseball, and INHD are again teaming up to produce the second season of "Major League Parks: Cathedrals of the Game" in high definition.

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All Sports inks distribution deal
All Sports Television Network has signed an agreement with British-based Extreme Entertainment to broadcast its dramatic new adventure travel guide program “Destination Adventure.”

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Ellsworth joins GoTV
Thomas Ellsworth, former executive vice president of marketing and corporate development for JAMDAT Mobile has joined GoTV (formerly 1KTV) as chief strategy officer. GoTV provides on-demand television programming, including sports coverage, to mobile phone users.

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ESPN receives pair of kudos
For the fifth year in a row, a Beta Research study of 39 cable networks has found that ESPN was rated No. 1 in perceived value and first for generating local advertising sales.

Separately, the sports network’s communications department was named Corporate Communications Team of the Year at the annual PRWeek Awards ceremony in New York last week.

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