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John Ourand

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

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Caps look for early renewal of TV deal

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 10 / 20 / 14

Even though the Washington Capitals’ local TV rights deal with Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic runs for three more seasons, the NHL team’s owner, Ted Leonsis, already has started negotiations about an extension, according to several sources. Leonsis’ Monumental Sports & Enter...

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05/20/13
SportsBusiness Journal: ESPN, USTA reach deal for U.S. Open

Surrounded by reporters after ESPN’s upfront advertising event in New York last week, ESPN President John Skipper was asked to comment on the SportsBusiness Daily report that he was close to doing a deal to bring the entire U.S. Open tennis tournament to cable. Skipper smiled and said, &ldq ...

Tags: Media

05/20/13
SportsBusiness Journal: ACC network may stall over rights issues

Don’t expect an ACC-branded TV channel to be launched any time soon. The biggest problem so far is a rights issue. ESPN needs to control the conference’s syndicated rights to launch a channel. But those rights are tied up until 2027 through deals with Raycom and Fox Sports Net. &ld ...

Tags: Media

05/16/13
SportsBusiness Daily: ESPN, USTA Finalize 11-Year Deal For U.S. Open

ESPN and the USTA signed an 11-year deal worth more than $770M for rights to the entire U.S. Open tennis tournament. The two groups scheduled a press conference for this afternoon to announce the deal, which starts in '15. The move to take the entire U.S. Open to cable ends an era that has seen CBS ...

Tags: Media, ESPN, USTA

05/13/13
SportsBusiness Daily: ESPN, USTA Close To Deal For U.S. Open Exclusivity

For the first time in more than four decades the U.S. Open tennis tournament semifinals and finals could be moving to a new TV home. ESPN is close to a deal to obtain all rights to the N.Y.-based tournament beginning in '15, according to several sources. CBS has broadcast the tournament every year s ...

Tags: Media, USTA, ESPN

05/13/13
SportsBusiness Journal: NBA ready to discuss rights deal

The NBA plans to start informal negotiations on its next media rights deal this summer, two years before its current ESPN and Turner Sports deals wrap up, according to several sources. The current contracts run through the 2015-16 season. On average, the networks are paying the league a combined ...

Tags: Media

05/09/13
SportsBusiness Daily: "The Rumble On The Rails" Details Announced

An int'l wrestling match from Grand Central Station will anchor NBC Sports Network's afternoon lineup May 15. The sports channel will carry a U.S.-Iran freestyle match from 3:30-5:00pm ET, with Jason Knapp , Rulon Gardner and Jimmy Roberts calling the action. The match is part of "The Rumble on ...

05/06/13
SportsBusiness Journal: Cablevision v. Viacom

Though sports channels aren’t part of Cablevision’s bundling complaint against Viacom, the case filed in February could affect several smaller sports networks. The issue comes down t ...

Tags: In-Depth, Law and Politics

05/06/13
SportsBusiness Journal: Sports TV columnist leaving USA Today

After spending the past 23 years writing USA Today’s influential sports TV column, Michael Hiestand is leaving the paper. Hiestand Hiestand confirmed to executives last week that he was tak ...

Tags: Media

05/06/13
SportsBusiness Journal: Broadcasters v. Aereo

The ability of broadcasters to afford sports media rights could be threatened if broadcasters lose their case against Aereo. Aereo is the upstart service that charges a small monthly fee to deliver broadcast signals via the Internet. It also offers a cloud-based DVR service. ...

Tags: In-Depth, Law and Politics

05/06/13
SportsBusiness Journal: ACC moves ahead on network

Editor's note: The chart below is revised from the print edition. ACC executives kept close tabs on Atlanta last Thursday, when rival conference SEC and ESPN announced their new network, scheduled to launch next year. Thanks, in part, to a new grant-of-rights agreement from its 1 ...

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