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

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Fox Sports Adds Two New Execs To Oversee Programming For FS1/FS2

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Fox Sports made a couple of hires for FS1 and FS2, bringing on Neal Scarbrough to the newly created role of Exec Editor and Gabe Spitzer as Exec Producer. Both execs will be based in L.A and report to FS1/FS2 Exec VP/Content Charlie Dixon . Scarbrough comes from NESN and will oversee news updat...

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