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Coming Soon to UC Berkeley: Football, Brought to You by Kabam (Update: For $18MM)

The football field in the University of California at Berkeley’s Memorial Stadium is about to get a new name, according to the San Francisco Chronicle: Kabam Field, named after the social games studio. Kabam doesn’t make any football games, but three of its four co-founders are Berkeley alums. The studio’s biggest hits are MMOs like Dragons of Atlantis and movie tie-in games like Fast & Furious 6: The Game. The re-naming cost $18 million for a 15-year deal.

No Cheap Shots With This $300 Bluetooth Basketball

The future of basketball looks pretty high-tech. (You still have to practice.)
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Katie Couric Deal to Become Yahoo’s “Global News Anchor” Set to Be Announced Monday

It looks like the deal that AllThingsD wrote about in August is finally happening.
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ESPN ScoreCenter App Is a Hit, but It’s Getting an Overhaul Anyway: New Name, More Video, More Stuff

ESPN is already mobile-first. So if its users are going to spend all their time there, why not give them more to look at?
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NAMG Confirms It Has Bought Scout From Fox Networks Group in Dude-Focused Content Roll-Up Bid

Another network aimed at dudes.
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Is This “The Last Console Generation”? And Nine Other Questions for Sony’s Jack Tretton.

The CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America talks about the launch of the PlayStation 4 and how it stacks up to competitors — both in the living room and in gamers’ pockets.
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Yahoo’s Mayer Now Chit-Chatting With Ryan Seacrest About Content Ideas

Maybe a singing competition? Nope, he’s been there. Maybe a radio show? Yipes, he’s done that. Perhaps a New Year’s broadcast from New York’s Times Square. Does this guy get any sleep?
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FCC Would End TV Sports Blackout Rule

Sports fans could find it easier to catch certain local games on television.

AllThingsD Week in Review: BlackBerry Is Just Resting, and YouTube Goes Mobile First

The Top 10 stories that powered AllThingsD this week, in one convenient post.
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Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey Joins Board of Major League Gaming

A pickup from the traditional sporting world for the growing e-sports company.
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