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John Ourand

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

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Selig Reflects On Tech Changes To MLB During His Tenure During B&C HOF Dinner

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 10 / 21 / 14

MLB Commissioner BUD SELIG last night spoke of the technological changes his league has gone through during the 22 years he has held his position as he was honored with the Lifetime Achievement award at Broadcasting & Cable's annual HOF dinner in N.Y. Joined by Commissioner-elect ROB MANFRED ...

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Tags: People and Pop Culture, MLB

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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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05/02/13
SportsBusiness Daily: CBS Sports Network To Carry AVP

CBS Sports Network this afternoon announced it will carry the '13 AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour. The cable channel will carry the championship rounds from five tournaments this summer, and CBS Interactive will produce live streams from the preliminary rounds that will appear on AVP.com. This deal ...

04/29/13
SportsBusiness Journal: Snow tests ESPN's production

The March 22 U.S.-Costa Rica World Cup qualifier in Colorado probably is known more for the blinding snowstorm in which it was played than the actual result. For ESPN, which produced the game, the amazing on-screen visuals stood in stark contrast to the chaos associated with producing a game in t ...

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04/29/13
SportsBusiness Journal: Murphy-Stephans takes wide view

Lydia Murphy-Stephans has worked on nearly every facet of the Pac-12 Networks since she arrived as general manager 18 months ago — except for distribution. Now, that aspect of the job — getting her networks picked up by as many cable, satellite and telecommunications operators as poss ...

Tags: Colleges

04/29/13
SportsBusiness Journal: Will ESPN leave some Nationwide rights?

Rights to the Nationwide Series could be in play this summer when NASCAR opens its negotiations with ESPN, according to several sources. ESPN and NASCAR have not begun formal talks about renewing a media rights package that includes the Nationwide Series’ entire 33-race season and 17 Sprint ...

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04/29/13
SportsBusiness Journal: Producers give their take

The image of Packers quarterback Bart Starr sneaking over the goal line at Lambeau Field to win the 1967 Ice Bowl is part of NFL lore. It’s the same in the NBA with Knicks center Willis Reed limping out of the Madison Square Garden locker room to help his team win the 1970 NBA championship. ...

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04/29/13
SportsBusiness Journal: Penguins among top-rated teams since ’97

Are this year’s Pittsburgh Penguins about to join the ranks of the most-watched American sports teams? Heading into their final regular-season games last week, the Penguins were on pace to post the highest average RSN rating for any U.S.-based MLB, NBA or NHL team since 2002. P ...

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