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John Ourand

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

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Dick Ebersol To Be Honored With SBJ/SBD Lifetime Achievement Award

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 03 / 23 / 15

In '09, two years before he would step away from the business, NBCUniversal’s DICK EBERSOL went on stage to accept an honor at the Sports Emmy Awards in N.Y. Waiting for him on stage were six commissioners representing the biggest sports leagues in the country: the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, N...

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SportsBusiness Journal: New York Life signs with Big East

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SportsBusiness Journal: NBC halts Sochi ad sales for now

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SportsBusiness Journal: Tier to boost NBCSN numbers

NBC Sports Network will add around 7 million homes to its distribution footprint in the next few weeks, moves that potentially could add close to $30 million per year in revenue for the channel. The channel’s biggest distribution gain will ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: SEC net’s cost will top other conferences

Distributors in SEC country can expect to pay a rate of $1.30 to carry the soon-to-be-launched SEC Network, according to several sources with knowledge of the rate card. That fee, paid on a monthly per-subscriber basis, is what cable and satellite companies within the SEC’s 11-state footpri ...

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SportsBusiness Daily: NBC Sports Pulls Out Of MLS Talks

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SportsBusiness Daily: ESPN: No Current Plans For Another "Megacast"

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SportsBusiness Journal: Fox, ESPN give their regards to Broadway

Super Bowl Boulevard will be bookended by two large broadcast sets, with Fox Sports setting up in a Times Square location best known for its New Year’s Eve celebration and ESPN in Herald Square, best known for serving as the base for the city’s Thanksgiving Day parade. From opposite e ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Golf Channel has momentum

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SportsBusiness Daily: Phillies' TV Deal Worth $100M Annually

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SportsBusiness Daily: Big East, WestwoodOne Ink Radio Rights Deal

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