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

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ESPN Denies Report That "Sports Reporters" Canceled Due To Lupica

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 02 / 14 / 17

ESPN today moved to discredit a N.Y. Post report that quoted anonymous “insiders” who blamed the N.Y. Daily News’ Mike Lupica as the main reason the net is canceling “The Sports Reporters” in May after a 30-year run. In an email sent to reporters this afternoon, ESPN ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Feeney changes channels

Hulu made headlines this spring by announcing a plan to adopt a cable television model and offer a bundle of channels, including sports channels for ESPN and Fox, for around $40 per month. The streaming TV service has hired Reagan Feeney as vice president of network partnerships to help steer the ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Lundquist's SEC farewell tour

I was struck by the amount of support Verne Lundquist received last week after he announced that he would leave the college football broadcast booth after the coming season. ESPN’s Paul Finebaum told the Huntsville (Ala.) Times that Lundquist was “one of the most important and iconic ...

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SportsBusiness Daily: Fox Sports Reshuffling RSN Execs

Jon Heidtke ’s decision to leave FS Southwest at the end of the month has set in motion a game of musical chairs at Fox Sports’ RSNs. FS West and Prime Ticket GM Steve Simpson will replace Heidtke as Senior VP & GM at FS Southwest, a move that will lead to FS San Diego GM Henry ...

SportsBusiness Journal: NBC: NASCAR renewal rate strong

NBC Sports’ ad sales executives dismissed prospects of a sophomore slump on its NASCAR package, saying they have renewed 85 percent of last year’s advertisers for the network’s second season, which starts July 2. The network’s NASCAR ad sales have been helped by NBC’ ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Safety concerns for Euro 2016

ESPN has told its employees that they do not have to travel to France for Euro 2016 if they are concerned about potential terrorism. No employees have opted out yet. “We have really emphasized to all of the folks that are traveling to France that if they have any anxiety, if their famili ...

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SportsBusiness Daily: ABC To Focus On Indy 500 History During Race

ABC as part of its coverage of the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday plans to focus a lot on the race’s history in addition to documenting this year’s race. THE DAILY spoke with ESPN Senior Coordinating Producer Amy Rosenfeld, who is overseeing the race’s coverage, ...

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SportsBusiness Daily: Bair To Head Up Charter's Sports Channels

Charter has tapped former MSG Media President MIKE BAIR to head up its sports and news channels, including the Dodgers RSN that has had trouble getting distribution. Bair essentially replaces DAVID RONE , who stepped down as TWC Sports President in October. A formal deal has yet to be signed, and ...

Tags: People and Pop Culture, Charter Communications, Time Warner Cable

SportsBusiness Daily: ESPN Adding Basketball Tournament Coverage

ESPN will expand coverage of The Basketball Tournament this summer, which will include carrying the tournament’s championship game live in primetime. ESPN will carry 11 of the tournament's games on TV (three on ESPN, six on ESPN2 and two on ESPNU) and another four will be streamed on ESPN3 as ...

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SportsBusiness Daily: CBS, Conference USA Reach Extension

CBS Sports this morning will officially announce an extension with Conference USA, marking the second of three networks to go public with details of a media deal with the conference. BeIN Sports earlier this week announced a deal with C-USA; ESPN and American Sports Network also are expected to have ...

SportsBusiness Daily: Charter Hires Former MSG Exec Bair

Charter has tapped former MSG Media President Mike Bair to head up its sports and news channels, including the Dodgers RSN that has had trouble getting distribution. Bair essentially replaces David Rone , who stepped down as TWC Sports President in October . A formal deal has yet to be signed, a ...

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