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John Ourand

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

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Big Ten Network’s survival story

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 08 / 21 / 17

The Big Ten Network, which turns 10 this year, set the standard for other college conference channels that followed. Photo by: GETTY IMAGES It was the longest year of his life. Jim Delany, the B...

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