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

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Promotions At NBC Sports Increases Olympics Responsibilities For Bell, Zenkel

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 01 / 18 / 17

Telemundo’s coverage of the ’18 FIFA World Cup will have a distinctly Olympic feel next year, as NBC Sports Group is putting its top Olympic producer in charge of the Spanish-language channel’s production. JIM BELL will be the Exec Producer on the event as part of a promotion tha...

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SportsBusiness Daily: ABC's Saturday Night CFB Up 10% This Season

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SportsBusiness Daily: V Foundation Starts New Fundraising Campaign

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SportsBusiness Daily: New "30 For 30 Short" On Holy Cross Player

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SportsBusiness Journal: Sports Media: NFL steps into esports

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SportsBusiness Journal: Thursday will stay in play

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SportsBusiness Journal: Montag takes adviser role

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SportsBusiness Daily: ESPN: Sub Losses Don't Include New Outlets

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SportsBusiness Daily: One World Sports Furloughs Employees

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SportsBusiness Journal: Sports Media: NBC portfolio potential

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