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John Ourand

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

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Sources Dispute Reports Of Jeff Zucker Lobbying To Be ESPN President

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 01 / 21 / 18

Sources dispute reports that CNN President  Jeff Zucker  was lobbying for the job of ESPN President and that Disney Chair & CEO Bob Iger was receptive, counter to stories that appeared in two Hollywood trade publications late Friday afternoon. Sources indicated that Iger has nev...

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04/03/17
SportsBusiness Journal: Former ESN exec Murphy in RSN role

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03/27/17
SportsBusiness Journal: Golf Channel isn’t shorting Long Drive

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03/27/17
SportsBusiness Journal: Telemundo gets a running start on 2018

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03/27/17
SportsBusiness Journal: Reorganization shifts NFL media execs

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SportsBusiness Journal: Sports Media: Dolphins very social

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SportsBusiness Daily: NBC Sports Rebranding California RSNs

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SportsBusiness Daily: ESPN Responds To Cowherd Comments

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SportsBusiness Daily: Juan Dixon Piece On HBO's "Real Sports"

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