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

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Longtime Turner Lawyer John Cooper Leaving Company By Year's End

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 10 / 30 / 14

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...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Cable nets see distribution drop

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12/09/13
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12/06/13
SportsBusiness Daily: ESPN's Jed Drake Talks World Cup Prep

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12/06/13
SportsBusiness Daily: Sources: Fox Keeps UEFA Champions League

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Tags: Media, UEFA, Fox

12/04/13
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 ...

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SportsBusiness Daily: Champions League Accepting Rights Bids

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11/25/13
SportsBusiness Journal: In NBA, slow road to streaming

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11/25/13
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SportsBusiness Journal: Final Four: Choose your perspective

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Tags: Colleges

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