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John Ourand

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

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Commissioners Share Stage For First Time To Answer Questions About Esports, Player Safety

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 19 / 17

The commissioners of four major U.S. sports gathered at the Paley Center in Manhattan last night, marking the first time Gary Bettman, Roger Goodell, Rob Manfred and Adam Silver shared a stage together. The panel brought out bold-faced names in sports business, including Knicks/Rangers Owner James D...

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Tags: Events and Attractions, MLB, NBA, NHL, NFL

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SportsBusiness Daily: NBC's Winter Stepping Down From Exec VP Role

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SportsBusiness Daily: Michael Kim, Alexa Datt To Co-Host 120 Sports Show

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