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

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Root Sports Southwest Brings On Former Penguins Exec David Peart

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 02 / 26 / 15

Root Sports Southwest named former Penguins Senior VP/Sales & Service David Peart GM, where he will oversee day-to-day management of the Houston-based RSN. He starts March 2 and will report to DirecTV Sports Networks President Patrick Crumb . The RSN holds the rights to the Astros and Rocket...

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02/10/14
SportsBusiness Journal: How CBS won Thursday night

Early last week, as the NFL learned of Super Bowl XLVIII’s record-high TV audience, the league’s top executives still were not certain which network they would entrust to make the NFL’s Thursday night television package more popular. In the days before and after the Super Bowl, ...

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02/05/14
SportsBusiness Daily: CBS Wins Thursday Night NFL Package

The NFL this afternoon awarded CBS the Thursday night package, picking the network over competing bids from ABC, Fox, NBC and Turner. It is not known how much CBS paid for the package, but sources said the initial bids were in the high $200M range for the year. The agreement is for the '14 seas ...

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02/03/14
SportsBusiness Daily: Bids For Thursday Games In High $200M Range

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02/03/14
SportsBusiness Journal: Distributors concerned over NFL Now

The NFL’s high-profile move last week to create NFL Now, an over-the-top digital content network, is certain to anger the league’s existing broadcast and cable distribution partners. Announced during last week’s run-up to Super Bowl XLVIII in New York, NFL Now will feature highl ...

Tags: Media

02/03/14
SportsBusiness Journal: A new NBA: Silver creates media panel

New NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has selected seven team governors to advise him on the league’s coming media talks, providing the surest sign yet that those negotiations are about to become much more intense. An exclusive negotiating window for the NBA’s current media partners does n ...

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02/03/14
SportsBusiness Journal: Odd start aside, CBS becomes home

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Tags: Champions

02/03/14
SportsBusiness Journal: NBC's digital push

NBC’s digital plan for Sochi will be as radically different from the network’s digital plan in Vancouver as the digital world of 2014 differs from the digital world of 2010. “The iPad did not exist in Vancouver,” NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke said at a news conference last ...

Tags: In-Depth, Olympics

01/31/14
SportsBusiness Daily: Repeats, Docs Highlight SB Alternative Viewing

Super Bowl Sunday is one of the lowest-viewing nights of the year for most networks running up against a game that typically commands the year's biggest TV audience. As in past years, both broadcast and sports nets have a schedule of repeats set to air against Super Bowl XLVIII. Last year, the top ...

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01/30/14
SportsBusiness Daily: NFL To Debut OTT Service This Summer

The NFL is rolling out an over-the-top service called "NFL Now," marking the league's latest content foray. The league is making a formal announcement this afternoon on the digital network that will debut this summer prior to the start of the '14 season. Through "NFL Now," the league will make highl ...

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01/29/14
SportsBusiness Daily: ESPN Not Letting Horowitz Out Of Contract

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