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John Ourand

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

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Regardless of attitude toward scandals, NFL fans still watching

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 09 / 29 / 14

T he NFL’s position as the most popular programming on television continues. Early signs suggest that the domestic violence and child abuse scandals that are rocking the league are not yet affecting the NFL’s appeal among TV viewers. ...

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04/22/13
SportsBusiness Journal: Thunder rolls in ratings

The Oklahoma City Thunder finished the 2012-13 NBA season with the league’s highest average local TV rating. The Thunder’s 8.65 average on FS Oklahoma marks an astonishing 659 percent increase from the team’s 2008-09 inaugural season in Oklahoma City. The team with ...

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04/19/13
On The Ground: Subtle changes at Camden Yards

Even though bombs had disrupted the Boston Marathon just two days earlier, security in and around Camden Yards didn't seem more pervasive before and during a Wednesday night game between the Rays and Orioles. But it was. The scene in Baltimore was markedly different than the weeks following th ...

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04/16/13
SportsBusiness Daily: M's Get Controlling Interest In RSN

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04/16/13
SportsBusiness Daily: THE DAILY Reviews Final Round Of Masters

The CBS announcers at The Masters knew Tiger Woods was going to have a rough Sunday from the start. The net began its final round coverage with Woods on the first hole, where he missed a makeable birdie putt. Woods followed with a par on the par-5 second hole, and the CBS crew sensed that the dra ...

Tags: Media, CBS, Golf

04/15/13
SportsBusiness Journal: Up next: SEC network

The Southeastern Conference has completed the buy-back of its TV, digital and sponsorship rights from third parties, clearing the final hurdles to launch its TV channel with ESPN next year. The conference and ESPN will make a formal announcement on the yet-to-be-named SEC channel, which will laun ...

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04/15/13
SportsBusiness Journal: Fox near deal to show new soccer event

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross’ dream of transforming Sun Life Stadium into a center for soccer in the United States could get a big boost this summer by way of an international tournament involving some top soccer brands. Details are sparse, as organizers had yet to finalize deals with ...

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04/15/13
SportsBusiness Journal: NBC Sports Group makes Conn. progress

The NBC Sports Group is halfway through its move to Stamford, Conn., with 250 employees already working out of the company’s new headquarters and four shows already being produced from there. The remaining 250 or so NBC Sports Group employees will be in place by July 1, completing a move th ...

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04/12/13
SportsBusiness Journal: Up next: SEC network

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04/12/13
SportsBusiness Daily: ESPN To Announce Creation Of SEC Channel

The SEC and ESPN plan to formally announce the creation of an SEC channel on Tuesday. The two parties have begun to reach out to key constituents to let them know about the 12:00pm ET announcement at the Atlanta Hyatt. University presidents, ADs, SEC Commissioner Mike Slive , ESPN execs and the con ...

04/08/13
SportsBusiness Journal: Deal gives Golden Boy slot on FS1

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