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John Ourand

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

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Mario Andretti Among Guests For White House State Dinner Honoring Italian Prime Minisiter

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 10 / 19 / 16

PRESIDENT OBAMA made several sports-related quips during a toast at last night’s state dinner honoring Italian Prime Minister MATTEO RENZI ’s visit to the U.S. People with sports and media ties that attended the White House event included former IndyCar driver MARIO ANDRETTI , Disney...

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