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John Ourand

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

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Year-old basketball event coming to ESPN

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 03 / 02 / 15

This summer, ESPN will carry The Basketball Tournament — a single-elimination tournament of 96 teams that carries a $1 million winner-take-all prize and lists sports industry veterans Tony Ponturo, Andy Dolich and Len DeLuca among its advisers. ESPN will carry the 1-year-old event’s s...

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