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

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ESPN Not Letting Magnus Out Of Contract Early To Join IMG College

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 12 / 15 / 14

ESPN has informed Senior VP/Programming Acquisitions Burke Magnus that it is not letting him out of his contract early to take a job running IMG College. ESPN President John Skipper and ESPN Exec VP/Programming John Wildhack made separate calls to Magnus late Friday to say that ESPN would not...

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