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John Ourand

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

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Australian Social Media Company Moko Acquires 10% Stake In BigTeams

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 05 / 01 / 15

An Australian social media company called Moko Social Media signed a low seven-figure deal for a 10% stake in BigTeams, a Virginia-based company that produces websites and scheduling software for high-school athletic departments. Deal terms give Moko the option to acquire up to 23% of the company, w...

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Tags: Media, Australia, North America

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SportsBusiness Journal: Three show interest in Houston rights

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Tags: Media

05/23/14
SportsBusiness Daily: ESPN's Skipper Hits Back At PBS Producer

ESPN President John Skipper hit back at a PBS producer who accused the sports network of abandoning the "League of Denial" documentary. While accepting a Peabody award for "Frontline" earlier this week, producer Michael Kirk said, "ESPN abandoned us. ... No other network would have done that." ...

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05/21/14
On The Ground: Best in Sports Media: NBC Sports Group

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Tags: On The Ground

05/21/14
On The Ground: Athletic Director of the Year: Kevin White, Duke University

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Tags: On The Ground

05/21/14
On The Ground: Best in Sports Television: NBC Sports Group

NBC Sports Group won the Best in Sports Television award after a year that saw the broadcaster earn huge TV ratings from the Winter Olympics and “Sunday Night Football.” The company’s coverage of the Stanley Cup Final was the most watched on record. “It’s ...

Tags: On The Ground

05/21/14
SportsBusiness Daily: MLB Network Names McGlarry Exec VP

MLB Network today appointed Rob McGlarry  Exec VP/Content, filling a slot that has been vacant since last year when Mark Loomis moved over to Fox Sports. The net announced the move during an internal meeting. McGlarry in his new role will oversee the production and programming departmen ...

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SportsBusiness Daily Global: Corbis Buys WSM Communications

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Tags: Finance

05/19/14
SportsBusiness Daily: Corbis Buys WSM Communications

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Tags: Finance

05/19/14
SportsBusiness Journal: Key IMG executives commit to stay

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SportsBusiness Daily: ESPN Plans To Bid On EPL Rights

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