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

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Some surprises on top NFL media exec’s list of stories to watch

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 09 / 01 / 14

T The NFL’s biggest changes this season are media-related and start inside league offices, where Brian Rolapp is embarking on his first season as the NFL’s top media executive. Rolapp, executive vice president of media, takes over...

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