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John Ourand

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

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Retooled Chase finishes strong

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 11 / 24 / 14

NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup may have started slowly, but it ended with the sport’s biggest viewership figures in several years. Kevin Harvick celebrated the first championship under the new format. ...

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11/03/14
SportsBusiness Journal: NFL keeps close watch on Thursdays

E ven though “Thursday Night Football” officially has left CBS ’s airwaves this season, it’s still too early to know whether the NFL will open the series to new TV bidders next season. NFL executives are said to be hap ...

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11/03/14
SportsBusiness Journal: Niche properties, studio shows targeted

It’s no secret that live sports rights are the lifeblood of sports networks. Big events bring big audiences that, networks hope, spill over into live studio programming. But network executives say they will look closer at niche sports and studio-based programming to draw audiences. &ldqu ...

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11/03/14
SportsBusiness Journal: How will networks grow revenue?

Five months after ESPN signed a deal that gave it the rights to make MLS games available directly to consumers, the network’s executives still don’t know what that offering will look like. It’s the same story with ESPN and the NBA’s plan to offer an over-the-top service ...

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10/31/14
SportsBusiness Daily: Thurs. Games Draw Combined 16.7 Million Viewers

“Thursday Night Football” on CBS and NFL Network proved to be the second highest-rated and most-viewed NFL primetime TV package after the first eight weeks of the season. The games, which aired on CBS and were simulcast on NFL Network, posted an average audience that was about 5 million ...

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10/30/14
SportsBusiness Daily: Turner Lawyer Leaving Company

John Cooper , a longtime Turner Broadcasting lawyer who was an important cog in the company's recent NBA media rights negotiations, is leaving the company by the end of the year. Cooper, who has been with the company since '97, was part of Time Warner's plan to cut up to 1,500 jobs, or 10% of staff ...

10/28/14
SportsBusiness Daily: ESPN Picks Super Bowl Broadcast Site

ESPN will set up its main Super Bowl week set in Scottsdale's Fashion Square overlooking Camelback Mountain. The net plans to make the announcement later today during a press event with Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane and Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee President & CEO Jay Perry . ESPN Senior Coo ...

10/27/14
SportsBusiness Journal: Pregame marks up for CBS, NFL Net

Sunday pregame show viewership is at an all-time high for both CBS and NFL Network so far this season — gaudy numbers that surely can be attributed to their new partnership on “Thursday Night Football,” right? Not necessarily, according to executives with both CBS and NFL Networ ...

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10/27/14
SportsBusiness Journal: Sports Media: Vice Sports

D erek Jeter ’s website, The Players Tribune , is billed as a place for athletes to cut out the middlemen and offer unfiltered stories on their own. But Vice Sports , the 3-month-old offshoot of Vice Media , already has staked a claim ...

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10/27/14
SportsBusiness Journal: MLB-Fox talks on streaming slow down

Fox Sports’ local streaming talks with MLB have hit a snag, putting a crimp in a years-long negotiation that had picked up in recent weeks, according to several sources. As little as three weeks ago, both sides believed that a deal was close. But talks cooled as Fox Sports simultaneously wa ...

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10/21/14
SportsBusiness Daily: Selig Talks Tech Changes During B&C HOF Dinner

MLB Commissioner BUD SELIG last night spoke of the technological changes his league has gone through during the 22 years he has held his position as he was honored with the Lifetime Achievement award at Broadcasting & Cable's annual HOF dinner in N.Y. Joined by Commissioner-elect ROB MANFRED ...

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