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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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10/22/15
SportsBusiness Daily: ESPN's Latest Cuts Impacting Around 300 People

ESPN layoffs continue today and tomorrow, as the sports network trims around 300 of its employees. Cuts are affecting every part of ESPN’s business, with the production and technology groups getting hit the hardest, sources said. One longtime employee described the atmosphere in Bristol as the ...

Tags: Media, ESPN

10/22/15
SportsBusiness Daily: Yahoo Signs 30-Plus Advertisers For NFL Stream

Yahoo has signed more than 30 advertisers for Sunday’s global online streaming of the Bills-Jaguars game from London, representing one of the largest collection of sponsors ever assembled for a live sports stream. Dairy Queen has signed as the pregame show sponsor, while Toyota will be the tit ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, Yahoo, NFL

10/22/15
SportsBusiness Daily: Universal Sports TV Channel To Shut Down

The Universal Sports TV channel is shutting down next month after nearly a decade in operation. NBC execs told the channel’s approximately 75 employees during an early morning meeting in L.A. today. The channel, which is majority owned by InterMedia Partners, notified distributors that its sig ...

Tags: Media, NBC

10/21/15
SportsBusiness Daily: Universal Sports Channel Shuttering

The Universal Sports TV channel is shutting down next month after nearly a decade in operation. NBC execs told the channel’s approximately 75 employees during an early morning meeting in L.A. today. The channel, which is majority owned by InterMedia Partners, notified distributors that its sig ...

10/19/15
SportsBusiness Journal: Sports Media: The Yahoo moment

F or the past several years, I would ask the NFL’s top media executive Brian Rolapp about the idea of the league selling a full season package of games to a tech company like Google or Apple or Yahoo. His answer remained the same and started ...

Tags: Media

10/19/15
SportsBusiness Journal: Heineken near deal for CFP sponsorship

Editor’s note: This story has been updated from the print edition. The country’s second-largest imported beer company is signing on to be an official sponsor of America’s biggest college football game. Heineken is close to a deal that will make its Dos Equis brand the off ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship

10/16/15
SportsBusiness Daily: ESPN Lands European Soccer Package

Sources said that ESPN outbid beIN Sports, Fox Sports and NBC Sports this week for a U.S. package of European soccer rights that include the '20 European Championship and its qualifiers, European World Cup qualifiers and the planned UEFA Nations League tournament of friendlies. Univision picked up t ...

Tags: Media, ESPN, Soccer

10/15/15
SportsBusiness Daily: Sources: ESPN Lands Euro Soccer Package

Sources said that ESPN outbid beIN Sports, Fox Sports and NBC Sports this week for a U.S. package of European soccer rights that include the '20 European Cup and its qualifiers, European World Cup qualifiers and the planned UEFA Nations League tournament of friendlies. Univision picked up the Spani ...

10/13/15
SportsBusiness Daily: Sources: Whitlock To Join Fox Sports

Jason Whitlock has agreed to join Fox Sports, according to several sources. The deal will give Whitlock a presence on TV in a late afternoon timeslot on FS1. He also will have a presence on Fox Sports’ digital apps, sources said. Fox Sports would not comment. An announcement is expected as e ...

10/12/15
SportsBusiness Daily: NFL Signs Worldwide Digital Deal With TuneIn

The NFL has signed a multiyear deal with digital radio company TuneIn that will provide audio feeds for every game from the preseason through the Super Bowl. The deal is for worldwide digital radio rights, which is separate from the league’s terrestrial radio deal with Westwood One and satelli ...

Tags: Media, NFL

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