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John Ourand

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

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Plugged In: Adam Shaw, Sportle

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 05 / 29 / 17

A little more than two years ago Adam Shaw made a bet that consumers needed help navigating the unwieldy number of video streams available every day. As a result, the former Fox and NFL executive co-founded Sportle, which launched in 2016 as a Google for sports streams. “ We’ve...

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