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John Ourand

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

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Former NFL Network Exec Hired To Launch TV Channel In Russia

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 27 / 15

Former NFL Network exec Charles Coplin has been hired to launch a national sports channel in Russia. Coplin, who held media positions with the NFL, NHL and ABC Sports, was hired by Gazprom Media/NTV-Plus to launch an over-the-air sports channel in the country. News of Coplin’s move was firs...

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