Daily Links 4/20/2011: Will SunGard bid on Blackboard?

Want to Know How First Round Capital was Started? (Silicon Alley Insider)

NBC Sports Chief Says Network Will Make Money on $2 Billion NHL Deal (The Hollywood Reporter)

Comcast SportsNet pilots NBC O&O plan (Variety)

TiVo soars on ruling in Dish Network case
Dish to seek Supreme Court review of decision

Blackboard: Who Are The Buyers? (Forbes: The Tech Trade)
Some analysts name SunGard (with its SunGard Higher Education unit) as a potential bidder. I tend to think that its highly leveraged capital structure might limit SunGard's ability to act, given the multiple Blackboard will command, but suppose if they really want to do it they might be able to find a way to finance it.
Internet Capital Group of Wayne was a significant investor in Blackboard, although it divested its remaining interest last year.
(Update: Missed this announcement from a couple of weeks ago on SunGard/Blackboard partnership, though its not something to read too much into.)

Pearson and SunGard Higher Education Integrate Pearson LearningStudio SaaS-based LMS with the Banner Student and Luminis Platform Solutions (SunGard Press Release)
Interesting, though certainly coincidental, timing.

Hewlett-Packard Hires Homlish of SAP as Chief Marketing Officer (Bloomberg)

All change in SAP's on-demand leadership (ZDNet Blogs)

Gartner Says Worldwide Business Intelligence, Analytics and Performance Management Software Market Surpassed the $10 Billion Mark in 2010 (Gartner Press Release)

Philly Controller's Office devises an app for reporting waste and fraud (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Gov. Christie says he has 'grave concerns' about bill to deregulate basic phone service (NJ.com)