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John Ourand

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

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Retooled Chase finishes strong

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 11 / 24 / 14

NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup may have started slowly, but it ended with the sport’s biggest viewership figures in several years. Kevin Harvick celebrated the first championship under the new format. ...

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On The Ground: Playoff committee members defend addition of Condoleeza Rice to t ...

Members of the College Football Playoff Selection committee defended former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice’s position on the committee, saying it’s not necessary to populate the entire committee with former coaches and players. Rice had faced some backlash earlier this fall from peop ...

Tags: Football, SEC, IMG

12/11/13
On The Ground: Playoff Fever: Committee members on what they'll look for when ma ...

College Football Playoff Committee Tom Jernstedt, Big East Conference Tom Osborne, University of Nebraska Dan Radakovich, Clemson University Three members of the College Football Playoff Selection committee opened a window into how the process is expected to work next season, the first t ...

Tags: Football, Big East, IMG

12/11/13
SportsBusiness Daily: Why Was Bears-Eagles Flexed To NBC?

Sources said the NFL decided to flex one high profile "Sunday Night Football" game for another high profile game in Week 16 in order to maintain enough flexibility around the Week 17 season finale. The league yesterday announced that it would move Bears-Eagles to "SNF" and the Patriots-Ravens game t ...

Tags: Media, NFL, NBC, CBS

12/11/13
SportsBusiness Daily: BeIN Sport Inks Sales Deal With IMS

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12/09/13
SportsBusiness Journal: Cable nets see distribution drop

ESPN is in 96.994 million homes, the channel’s smallest footprint since 2008, according to the latest cable distribution figures from Nielsen. In fact, ESPN has lost 3.183 million homes from its footprint over the past two years, since reaching nearly 100.2 million homes on Nielsen’s ...

Tags: Media

12/09/13
SportsBusiness Journal: Sports gets up early on Saturday

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Tags: Media

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

ESPN Senior VP & Exec Producer Jed Drake was in Brazil for Friday's '14 FIFA World Cup draw, overseeing the construction of the net's main set on Copacabana Beach and the build-out of its technical system at the Int'l Broadcast Center a few miles away. THE DAILY caught up with Drake earlie ...

Tags: Media, FIFA World Cup, ESPN

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

Fox Sports has emerged as the likely winner of UEFA Champions League rights, according to several sources. A decision could be announced as early as today by UEFA, which was considering bids from Fox, NBC Sports Group, Univision and beIN Sport. ESPN did not submit a bid for the rights, though sourc ...

Tags: Media, UEFA, Fox

12/04/13
SportsBusiness Daily: Fox Sells Out Of Super Bowl XLVIII Inventory

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Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, Fox

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 ...

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