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John Ourand

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

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Selig Reflects On Tech Changes To MLB During His Tenure During B&C HOF Dinner

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 10 / 21 / 14

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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Tags: People and Pop Culture, MLB

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SportsBusiness Daily Global: BeIN Sport Signs Firm IMS

BeIN Sport signed national ad sales rep firm IMS to sell TV advertising and sponsorship availabilities. IMS will sell for beIN Sport, beIN Sport en Español and beIN Sport Play, the channel's TV Everywhere service. A release described IMS as "one of the largest media buying companies in Latin ...

Tags: Media, South America

On The Ground: Playoff committee members defend addition of Condoleeza Rice to t ...

Members of the College Football Playoff Selection committee defended former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice’s position on the committee, saying it’s not necessary to populate the entire committee with former coaches and players. Rice had faced some backlash earlier this fall from peop ...

Tags: Football, SEC, IMG

On The Ground: Playoff Fever: Committee members on what they'll look for when ma ...

College Football Playoff Committee Tom Jernstedt, Big East Conference Tom Osborne, University of Nebraska Dan Radakovich, Clemson University Three members of the College Football Playoff Selection committee opened a window into how the process is expected to work next season, the first t ...

Tags: Football, Big East, IMG

SportsBusiness Daily: Why Was Bears-Eagles Flexed To NBC?

Sources said the NFL decided to flex one high profile "Sunday Night Football" game for another high profile game in Week 16 in order to maintain enough flexibility around the Week 17 season finale. The league yesterday announced that it would move Bears-Eagles to "SNF" and the Patriots-Ravens game t ...

Tags: Media, NFL, NBC, CBS

SportsBusiness Daily: BeIN Sport Inks Sales Deal With IMS

beIN Sport signed a national ad sales rep firm, IMS, to sell TV advertising and sponsorship availabilities. The network is expected to make an official announcement today. IMS will sell for beIN Sport, beIN Sport en Español and beIN Sport Play, the channel's TV Everywhere service. A release d ...

SportsBusiness Journal: Cable nets see distribution drop

ESPN is in 96.994 million homes, the channel’s smallest footprint since 2008, according to the latest cable distribution figures from Nielsen. In fact, ESPN has lost 3.183 million homes from its footprint over the past two years, since reaching nearly 100.2 million homes on Nielsen’s ...

Tags: Media

SportsBusiness Journal: Sports gets up early on Saturday

Editor’s note: This story is revised from the print edition. Kids’ programming has dominated Saturday morning TV for decades. But sports networks are finding out that they can carve out audiences of their own on Saturday mornings with demographics that are among the strongest t ...

Tags: Media

SportsBusiness Daily: ESPN's Jed Drake Talks World Cup Prep

ESPN Senior VP & Exec Producer Jed Drake was in Brazil for Friday's '14 FIFA World Cup draw, overseeing the construction of the net's main set on Copacabana Beach and the build-out of its technical system at the Int'l Broadcast Center a few miles away. THE DAILY caught up with Drake earlie ...

Tags: Media, FIFA World Cup, ESPN

SportsBusiness Daily: Sources: Fox Keeps UEFA Champions League

Fox Sports has emerged as the likely winner of UEFA Champions League rights, according to several sources. A decision could be announced as early as today by UEFA, which was considering bids from Fox, NBC Sports Group, Univision and beIN Sport. ESPN did not submit a bid for the rights, though sourc ...

Tags: Media, UEFA, Fox

SportsBusiness Daily: Fox Sells Out Of Super Bowl XLVIII Inventory

Fox Sports sold its final Super Bowl commercial before Thanksgiving, and the network is announcing that it has no more spots left to sell more than eight weeks before the game. CBS Sports last year announced that it sold out the game in January. Sources said advertisers this year paid between upwar ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, Fox

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