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John Ourand covers television and media for SportsBusiness Journal/Daily.

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Supreme Court Hears Arguments On Redistributive TV Service Aereo

04 / 22 / 14

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on the Aereo case this morning and is expected to hand down a decision within months. Aereo uses antennas to redistribute broadcast signals via the Internet for a small monthly fee. Because Aereo does not pay retransmission consent fees, broadcasters (ABC, CBS,...

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03/20/14
Secretary Of Education Calls On Sports Industry

U.S. Secretary of Education ARNE DUNCAN is calling on the sports industry to take a more active role in helping to reduce the country's high-school dropout rate. Speaking at the '14 IMG World Congress of Sports in Dana Point, Calif., Duncan said that athletes, teams and leagues should play a bigge ...

Tags: People and Pop Culture, IMG World Congress Of Sports

03/19/14
120 Sports To Announce Talent Roster

Former ESPN host Michael Kim and former NFLers Bryant McFadden and Ovie Mughelli are among the names that will appear on 120 Sports, the over-the-top service that has partnered with MLB and the NHL. The service is making a formal announcement of its newly hired talent roster later today. Other ...

03/17/14
FS1 To Launch New Weekday Show

FS1 is launching a new studio show on April 7 that will anchor its weekday afternoon line-up. "America's Pregame" will be hosted by Mike Hill in the 6:00-7:00pm ET timeslot and will be using "whiparounds" to Fox Sports' 22 RSNs across the country. On-air talent from Fox' RSNs will be providing ...

Tags: Media, Fox

03/12/14
Rick Reilly Giving Up ESPN.com Column

Longtime sports columnist Rick Reilly is giving up his weekly column for ESPN.com, moving exclusively to an on-air TV role. The move is part of a new deal signed with ESPN that will take effect July 1. In his new role, Reilly will present weekly video features for ESPN shows like "Monday Night Cou ...

03/11/14
Ad Inventory For NCAA Tourney 95% Sold

Ad inventory for the NCAA men's basketball tournament is 95% sold, with the remaining spots expected to move after the event starts, according to execs with CBS Sports and Turner Sports. Execs also said online inventory for "March Madness Live" is sold out. Sources said the networks are se ...

03/09/14
Sights & Sounds From SXSW

Austin's Driskill hotel had big crowds all weekend as SXSW rolled out its first sports track at this year's event. Many of the sports-focused panel sessions were filled, as were SXSports Lounges that were sponsored by NFL Players, Inc. and MVPindex. Octagon sponsored an opening night reception on Fr ...

03/09/14
FiveThirtyEight Website To Launch March 17

ESPN's FiveThirtyEight website will launch March 17, ESPN President John Skipper announced at a SXSW event in Austin yesterday. During a panel session following Skipper's announcement, the site's creator, Nate Silver , said his site will focus on five areas: sports, politics, economics, science a ...

03/05/14
Budweiser, Fox Creating World Cup Films

Budweiser and Fox Sports are teaming up on a six-part World Cup-inspired documentary series that will premier on FS1 March 25. Produced and directed by Scott Boggins and Gabriel Spitzer , "Rise as One" is part of Budweiser's int'l content campaign that the company is rolling out before this summe ...

03/04/14
ESPN Preps For World Cup Coverage

As ESPN enters the run-up to its final FIFA World Cup, the network’s top programming execs say they remain committed to soccer even without the sport’s biggest event. Although Fox Sports snatched the rights to the next two World Cup events in '18 and '22, ESPN will continue to be an aggr ...

Tags: Media, ESPN, FIFA World Cup

03/03/14
NBC To Carry USA Gymnastics Through '16

NBC Sports Group and Universal Sports Network have committed to carry USA Gymnastics events through '16, which includes events that will be part of the run-up to the Rio Games. The deal does not involve a rights fee. USA Gymnastics gets to activate its sponsors around the telecasts. NBC's relationsh ...

Tags: Media, NBC

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