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Rich Battista, who during 18 years with News Corp. helped build many of the Fox sports networks, on Thursday was named CEO of Mandalay Sports Media, a year-old joint venture that has ambitious plans to produce sports-themed movies, TV and cable programs and eventually build and buy media and digital properties related to sports. Battista, who most recently ran LodgeNet Interactive Corp., will oversee the venture, which is owned by producer and sports team owner Peter Guber, producer Mike Tollin and CAA. “The idea is not just to produce another movie or TV show,” said Guber, “but

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