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

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Sports Business Awards: NBC Sports Group Wins Best In Sports Media

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 05 / 25 / 17

NBC Sports Group won the Sports Business Award for Sports Media based largely on its performance with the Rio Games, but NBC Sports Group Chair Mark Lazarus said that he views the organization's success through the lens of smaller events just as much as he does through big events like the Olympics. ...

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