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

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NFL plots OTT gain in Europe

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 06 / 19 / 17

The NFL’s European expansion plans will get a boost this fall from the league’s over-the-top service, NFL Game Pass. The league has hired Bruin Sports Capital and British advertising company WPP to help it grow the over-the-top NFL Game Pass service on the continent. Up until last ...

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