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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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Curt Schilling Returning To "Baseball Tonight"

ESPN's Curt Schilling has not appeared on "Baseball Tonight" in the past two weeks, since his video game company 38 Studios ran out of money and laid off its staff. But an ESPN spokesman says that he is scheduled to return to the program this Sunday night. There is no word if the former Red S ...

05/31/12
Time Warner Establishes Prices For L.A. RSNs

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Tags: Media, Time Warner

05/24/12
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05/23/12
Changes To USA Today Editorial Staff

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05/23/12
Panel Says Sports Rights To Keep Rising In Value

A panel of sports media execs at the Cable Show in Boston had a sobering message for the crowd of cable operators who gathered to listen to them this morning: sports rights will continue to grow for the time being. "We will make a bet on the value of sports rights continuing to appreciate," said ESP ...

05/23/12
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Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, NBA

05/23/12
Sports Media Taking Center Stage At Cable Show

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05/21/12
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05/03/12
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Tags: Media, Texas Rangers

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