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John Ourand

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

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ESPN Denies Report That "Sports Reporters" Canceled Due To Lupica

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 02 / 14 / 17

ESPN today moved to discredit a N.Y. Post report that quoted anonymous “insiders” who blamed the N.Y. Daily News’ Mike Lupica as the main reason the net is canceling “The Sports Reporters” in May after a 30-year run. In an email sent to reporters this afternoon, ESPN ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Sports Media: Partners in Houston

T he most remarkable part of the first NCAA tournament final ever carried on cable TV can be seen in how unremarkable the change actually felt in Houston. One of the most thrilling championship games in tournament history saw TV ratings drop to re ...

Tags: Media

SportsBusiness Journal: Simpson story spawns quality TV

Though the O.J. Simpson trial dominated American media more than 20 years ago, the case seems as popular on TV today as it ever was. FX’s O.J. Simpson miniseries, “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson,” has been one of the surprise hits of the TV season, averag ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: The highs and lows of fans

Washington Wizards owner Ted Leonsis was up past midnight March 29, watching his basketball team slog through a disheartening West Coast loss, this time to the Golden State Warriors. As he went to bed after the game, Leonsis knew what his email inbox would look like the next morning: missives fro ...

Tags: In-Depth, World Congress of Sports

SportsBusiness Journal: Scan-and-buy tech catches Nets’ eye

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SportsBusiness Daily: SiriusXM To Debut Daily E-Sports Show

SiriusXM’s Bleacher Report channel will produce a daily e-sports show starting Monday. "IGN Esports Today” will air live every weekday from 7:00-8:00pm ET. The show is designed as a partnership between SiriusXM and IGN, a media company focused on video games, and will be hosted by I ...

SportsBusiness Daily: Facebook Live Features Could Boost Sports

A day after rival Twitter picked up Thursday night NFL streaming rights , Facebook is demonstrating its own focus on live video by adding several features to its “Facebook Live” service. The features, which allow select users to broadcast live to groups, demonstrate Facebook’s com ...

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SportsBusiness Daily: Facebook Emphasizing Live Video

Facebook is demonstrating a focus on live video by adding several features to its “Facebook Live” service. The features, which allow select users to broadcast live to groups, demonstrate Facebook’s commitment to growing live video, and its execs say the company is in the process of ...

SportsBusiness Daily: Record Low Ratings For NCAA Title Game

Villanova-North Carolina produced historically low TV ratings for the NCAA Tournament championship game, as the 10.6 fast national rating is down 34% from Duke-Wisconsin last year and the lowest rating ever posted for the game, which was carried on TBS, TNT and truTV. This year's game marked the fir ...

SportsBusiness Journal: Forty Under 40: Julie Sobieski

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SportsBusiness Journal: Forty Under 40: Jamie Horowitz

Jamie Horowitz made headlines last year by convincing big-name on-air celebrities to join Fox — people like Colin Cowherd and Jason Whitlock. But it’s the hires he made behind the scenes, moves that garnered less press attention, that are likely to have just as ...

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