Morning Media Newsfeed: ESPN Hires Tebow | Duplessis Joins Apple | Marvel Halts Comic Sales

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ESPN Hires Tim Tebow (ESPN)
Former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow has agreed to a multiyear deal to join ESPN as an analyst for the SEC Network, it was announced Monday. “I am so excited that ESPN has given me this incredible opportunity,” Tebow said in a statement. “When I was 6 years old, I fell in love with the game of football, and while I continue to pursue my dream of playing quarterback in the NFL, this is an amazing opportunity to be part of the unparalleled passion of college football and the SEC.” Complex / Sports On Jan. 6, the former Broncos/Jets quarterback will make his ESPN debut by serving as an analyst prior to the 2013 BCS National Championship game. He’ll be on SportsCenter, College Football Live, College GameDay, and, well, just about every other college football-related show you can think of. Time / Keeping Score Although Tebow was a star quarterback in the Southeastern Conference, he struggled to make a mark in the NFL. He was released by the New England Patriots before the start of the 2013 season, after spending a season on the bench for the New York Jets in 2012. Sports Illustrated / Media Circus The initial question is how successful will Tebow be as an analyst. He is one of the most popular (and likeable) athletes in the country, and he’ll no doubt work hard to learn the craft. He also loves college football; Tebow was known for watching college games in his hotel room on Saturdays before NFL action, as well as on plane rides. Still, his opinions on football have mostly been vanilla, at least as a player speaking with the press. Bloomberg Businessweek “Tebow’s role with ESPN will not preclude him from continuing to pursue playing opportunities in the NFL,” says the press release. Yes, ESPN’s newest broadcaster joins hundreds of thousands of American men with NFL dreams currently on the not-precluded list.

Arem Duplessis Leaving New York Times Magazine for Apple (UnBeige)
Your Sunday is about to get a lot less visually stimulating: Arem Duplessis has decided to leave his post as design director of The New York Times Magazine. Come February, he’ll begin his new position as a creative director at Apple, where he’ll lend his creative genius to the internal marketing team. FishbowlNY Duplessis said he was leaving the Times because it was “time for a new chapter and a new challenge.” CNET Duplessis has a decorated background in magazine design. Under his watch, the NYT Magazine design department was named “Design Team of the Year” for three consecutive years. The team also won an Emmy in 2012 for a video series on great actors playing villains. Duplessis is also an associate professor at the Pratt Institute’s graduate communications design department, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Marvel Halts Sales of Periodical Comics in Bookstores (Publisher’s Weekly)
Marvel has ended sales of print single-issue periodical comics through trade bookstore channels. This will not affect the sales of book format graphic novels through those retailers. Several earlier accounts reported that Books-A-Million and Barnes & Noble were dropping single-issue comics. According to Barnes & Noble spokesperson Mary Ellen Keating, the removal of single issue comics from B&N and other book stores is Marvel’s decision.

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Netflix Hikes CEO Salary by 50 Percent for 2014 (Reuters)
Netflix Inc raised the salary of its CEO Reed Hastings by 50 percent to $6 million for 2014, a regulatory filing showed, as its stock quadrupled in value this year amidst new programming and a growth in subscriber base. TheWrap Netflix is experimenting with lower pricing for reduced quality. The streaming giant is shaving a dollar off the price of subscriptions for some customers, in exchange for limiting the number of devices they use to access movies and shows. Instead of $7.99 to watch on two screens at a time in high definition, some subscribers have the option to pay $6.99 a month to watch them on a single device and in standard definition.