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

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Supreme Court Hears Arguments On Redistributive TV Service Aereo

04 / 22 / 14

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on the Aereo case this morning and is expected to hand down a decision within months. Aereo uses antennas to redistribute broadcast signals via the Internet for a small monthly fee. Because Aereo does not pay retransmission consent fees, broadcasters (ABC, CBS,...

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08/31/11
Versus Preps Daily Afternoon Programming Block

Versus plans to launch its weekday afternoon block of studio programming next Thursday as a lead-in to NBC's first NFL game of the year. The channel, which will be renamed NBC Sports Network on Jan. 2, will produce studio shows from Monday-Friday, including a Friday night NFL show with SI’s Pe ...

Tags: Media, NBC

08/31/11
Versus To Announce New Studio Programming

Versus plans to launch its weekday afternoon block of studio programming next Thursday as a lead-in to NBC's first NFL game of the year. The channel, which will be renamed NBC Sports Network on Jan. 2, will produce studio shows Monday-Friday, including a Friday night NFL show with SI’s Pete ...

08/26/11
FS Southwest Airing Prep Football Block

FS Southwest is launching a weekly six-hour block of high school sports programming Friday. The Friday night block, "High School Football Friday" will feature games, highlights and RedZone-style programming for games around the state. The RSN each week will travel to one of the games and telecast li ...

Tags: Media

08/25/11
LHN Gets Distribution On Verizon FiOS

Longhorn Network nabbed its biggest distributor late yesterday, signing Verizon FiOS to a carriage deal that will make the network available nationally on Verizon’s systems. A formal announcement will be made today. The deal will take affect Sept. 1, just days before the channel's first footba ...

08/22/11
CBS To Launch Four College Football Shows

CBS Sports Network will launch four new studio shows centered on college football this season. A formal announcement is due out today. Two of the planned shows, “SEC Today presented by Sonic” and “SEC Express” will cover the SEC, which has a Game of the Week on CBS. “SE ...

08/16/11
UFC Agrees To Multiyear Deal With Fox

In what would represent a major push into the mainstream for the UFC, Fox has agreed to a deal that will see the broadcast channel air as many as four MMA events per year, according to several sources. The multiyear deal would mark the first time the UFC will have consistent airtime on a broadcast n ...

Tags: UFC, Fox, Media

08/16/11
ESPN To Air C-USA Championship Game

ESPN and Conference USA have settled their lawsuit, with ESPN picking up the rights to C-USA's championship game. Under terms of the agreement, ESPN will gain the rights to C-USA's football championship game from '11-15. "ESPN and Conference USA are pleased to announce that they have settled their l ...

Tags: Media

08/12/11
ESPN Gives Away Pies To Promote App

ESPN gave away 1,000 branded pies at Finsbury Avenue Square in London this morning. The promotion was centered around the ESPN Goals app. People had to download the free app in order to get a pie – a choice of Steak and Ale, Chicken and Mushroom or Feta and Spinach. The EPL season starts ...

08/10/11
NBC Signs Three-Year Deal With MLS

MLS signed a three-year deal with NBC that will see regular-season MLS games return to English-language broadcast television for the first time since '08. NBC and MLS did not reveal financial terms of the deal, but sources say is worth $10M per year. The deal takes effect with the '12 MLS seaso ...

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