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John Ourand

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

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Caps look for early renewal of TV deal

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 10 / 20 / 14

Even though the Washington Capitals’ local TV rights deal with Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic runs for three more seasons, the NHL team’s owner, Ted Leonsis, already has started negotiations about an extension, according to several sources. Leonsis’ Monumental Sports & Enter...

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Tags: Media, Franchises

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11/18/13
SportsBusiness Journal: Final Four: Choose your perspective

TruTV will carry the semifinals of the NCAA Final Four in April. So will TNT. TBS, too. In an unprecedented move, Turner Sports and CBS will produce three different telecasts for each of the two national semifinal games, each with its own set of announcers. The traditional national telecast will ...

Tags: Colleges

11/13/13
SportsBusiness Daily: Fox To Sponsor Special Olympics USA Games

21st Century Fox signed on to become a founding partner and presenting media sponsor for the '14 Special Olympics USA Games. The games have eight founding partners, each paying "seven figures and above" for the rights to associate with the games, said USA Games Chair & CEO T.J. Nelligan . As pa ...

11/11/13
SportsBusiness Daily: Comcast Making More Sports Nets Available

Comcast is making several of its sports networks available to all its video subscribers as part of a weeklong stunt called "Xfinity Sportstacular!" Starting today, the cable operator will make content from at least 14 sports networks available to subscribers, regardless of whether they subscribe to ...

11/11/13
SportsBusiness Daily: MLB Inks Multiyear Deal With MTV

MLB has signed a multiyear partnership with MTV that will include a weekly, 30-episode series on MTV2. The series will debut in April and will be produced by Red Sox DH David Ortiz and Pirates CF Andrew McCutchen from the MLB Fan Cave in N.Y. The point of the series is to highlight MLB players&r ...

11/11/13
SportsBusiness Journal: Sports media’s next step

The deal ESPN cut for rights to El Tri — Mexico’s national soccer team — wasn’t particularly long or lucrative. It hasn’t delivered big audiences for ESPN. But the January deal provides a glimpse behind ESPN’s growth strategy for the next decade or so ...

Tags: In-Depth

11/11/13
SportsBusiness Journal: WNBA solidifies spot at ESPN

Would you believe the WNBA’s regular season averaged more national TV viewers for each game than MLS this year? It’s true. Not only that, but the WNBA Finals — a three-game sweep last month — averaged more viewers on ...

Tags: Media

11/11/13
SportsBusiness Journal: Fox Sports will sell for Big East

Days before Fox Sports produced the first game in its 12-year, $600 million relationship last week with the Big East Conference, the two signed an integrated sales partnership. The two-year deal will have Fox Sports sell and market all corporate sponsorships around the Big East, including a pres ...

Tags: Colleges

11/04/13
SportsBusiness Daily: NFL Network Turns 10 Years Old Today

NFL Network today celebrates its 10th birthday, and the channel currently is in 72 million homes, making it the biggest league-owned network in the business. (MLB Network is in 70 million homes.) THE DAILY sat down with the channel's President & CEO Steve Bornstein to talk about the channel ...

Tags: Media, NFL Network

10/30/13
SportsBusiness Daily: TNT, ESPN Collaborate For NBA Coverage

As the NBA opens its season, its two network partners are collaborating more than they have before, including a joint party held for the networks' ad sales clients in N.Y. last night. ESPN will run an “NBA on TNT” segment on its “NBA Countdown” pregame show on Friday; that s ...

10/29/13
SportsBusiness Daily: Bornstein Joins Broadcasting & Cable HOF

NFL Network President & CEO Steve Bornstein was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable HOF last night in N.Y. Bornstein was honored for his work at ESPN from '80-'02, as well as his time at the NFL when he launched NFL Network and NFL RedZone and brought in billions of dollars in rights fe ...

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