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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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12/02/13
SportsBusiness Daily: Champions League Accepting Rights Bids

UEFA has set tomorrow as the deadline to accept bids for media rights to the Champions League. A new deal would start after the '14-15 season and is expected to run for three years. Fox Sports Media Group, which is the current rightsholder, is expected to make a significant bid, using Champions Leag ...

12/02/13
SportsBusiness Journal: Numbers change with ‘Ultimate Fighter”

One of UFC’s signature TV shows — “The Ultimate Fighter” — suffered a 22 percent viewership drop this season, its first on Fox Sports 1. The series, which wrapped up its 18th season over the weekend, averaged 648,000 viewers this year, down from last year’s 832 ...

Tags: Media

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

A month into the NBA season, just two teams have developed local streaming services, even though the biggest regional sports network groups reached agreements with the league to stream games locally at the start of the season. What gives? The answer from media and team executives is that local ...

Tags: Media

11/25/13
SportsBusiness Journal: NASCAR pleased with viewership consistency

Photo by: GETTY IMAGES NASCAR appears to have found its sweet spot on TV. Though viewership remains well below 2005 levels, NASCAR and network executives are happy with the sport’s perf ...

Tags: Media

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

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