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

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Longtime Sports Media Exec Mead To Lead NBC Sports Northwest

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 10 / 23 / 17

NBC Sports Group picked longtime media exec Len Mead to head up its Northwest RSN, which holds the rights to the Trail Blazers. As NBC Sports Northwest GM, Mead will report to NBC Sports Regional Networks President & Group Leader  Bill Bridgen . Mead has been working on special ...

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