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John Ourand

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

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Golf Channel Going Commercial-Free In Nearly 24-Hour Remembrance Of Palmer

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 09 / 26 / 16

As word of Arnold Palmer’s death broke on social media last night, top NBC Universal execs put together a makeshift programming plan to honor one of the sport’s most revered stars. The company waited until it received confirmation from the Palmer family before reporting the news on-air. ...

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SportsBusiness Daily: YES Network Goes Dark On Comcast

YES Network officially went dark on Comcast systems at midnight last night, a move that affected around 900,000 homes in Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The channel was replaced by a message that simply said, "The business agreement between YES Network and Comcast has expired, and we are c ...

SportsBusiness Daily: YES Could Go Dark On Comcast Systems

YES Network could go dark at midnight tonight on Comcast systems in Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania following an impasse in negotiations between Comcast and Fox Sports, which owns YES. The deal actually expired several months ago during the early stages of the Yankees season. The two sides ...

SportsBusiness Daily: Skipper Ruptures Achilles At Disney Meetings

ESPN President JOHN SKIPPER ruptured his Achilles tendon while playing volleyball during Disney management meetings in Orlando last week. In a memo sent to employees today, Skipper wrote, “Thanks to the ubiquity of mobile and email, I will stay fully engaged in our business.” Skipper w ...

Tags: ESPN, People and Pop Culture

SportsBusiness Daily: Bellator To Hold Overseas Fight Cards

Bellator MMA will hold three international events next year, marking the first time the MMA group will stage events outside of the U.S. A formal announcement is expected to be made today detailing events in London, Tel Aviv and Italy. The group already has secured TV deals for the London and Tel Av ...

SportsBusiness Journal: Jon Litner a ‘free agent’

Jon Litner’s decision to leave NBC Sports Group at the end of the year was months in the making. Several months ago, the sports media veteran told his boss, NBC Sports Group Chairman Mark Lazarus, that he wanted to explore something new. Litner had been with the Comcast-owned group for 10 y ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Gerber: ‘Tough customer’ with soft side

Chuck Gerber and wife Daryl Photo by: COURTESY OF DARYL GERBER L ongtime media executive Chuck Gerber, who died Nov. 6 at the age of 71 after a short illness, will be remembered less ...

Tags: Media, People and Pop Culture

SportsBusiness Daily: Litner Leaving NBC After Running RSN Group

NBC Sports Group President JON LITNER is leaving the company after a decade running its RSN group. The move, which takes effect at the end of the year, comes as a surprise. Litner does not have another job lined up, and NBC has not identified a replacement for the sports media veteran. In an email ...

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SportsBusiness Daily: NBC's Universo To Air OHL Classic

NBC Universo, NBC’s Spanish-language network, will carry the third and fourth rounds of the OHL Classic this weekend as part of a partnership with sister network Golf Channel. The event from Mayakoba is the PGA Tour’s only tour stop in Mexico. NBC Universo will have coverage from 1:00-4: ...

SportsBusiness Journal: Password issue doesn’t worry executives

I was caught off guard recently when I reported a story about password sharing among young adults ( SportsBusiness Journal, Oct. 26-Nov. 1 ). It seemed like an easy trend story, especially as the cable industry sheds subscribers. Password sharing for TV Everywhere streams has to be a main culprit, r ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Leonsis keeps RSN in picture with deals

The future of video may be in digital. But for the Washington Capitals and Wizards, the next 17 years will be rooted in traditional television. After two years of sometimes arduous negotiations, NBC Sports Group reached a handshake agreement to extend its media rights deals with both franchises t ...

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