About The Author

John Ourand

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

Featured Story

Verizon Agrees To Carry SEC Network On FiOS TV Service

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 08 / 21 / 14

One week after its launch, Verizon FiOS has completed a deal to carry SEC Network, sources said. The channel will be on an expanded basic tier within SEC territory and include access to WatchESPN. It is not clear where Verizon will carry it outside of SEC territory. A formal announcement could come ...

Read More

More Stories by this Author

SportsBusiness Daily: New Late-Night Show For CSN Mid-Atlantic

Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic will launch a weekly late-night show on Feb. 5 starring popular DC-area radio hosts The Junkies. The 30-minute show, called "Table Manners," will occupy the 11:00pm ET slot Tuesday nights during February and March and will be filmed at The Palm in DC. The deal encompas ...

SportsBusiness Journal: Deal could make Yankees a fixture on Fox

Fox Sports will be able to carry as many as 18 regular-season games showing the popular New York Yankees on its national TV channels starting in 2014, which is significantly more than the 12 that ESPN will be allowed to produce. But Fox will be limited to only eight Boston Red Sox games. That& ...

Tags: Media

SportsBusiness Daily: Fox Buys Cleveland-Based SportsTime Ohio

Fox Sports Media Group completed its acquisition of Cleveland-based RSN SportsTime Ohio Friday. As part of the deal, Fox signed the Indians to a long-term media rights deal that will keep Indians games with Fox well into the next decade. Specific deal terms were not released, but sources say Fox Spo ...

Tags: Media, Fox

SportsBusiness Journal: Lockout forces RSNs to return fees

Regional sports network executives are experiencing their own version of Groundhog Day, as games missed from a league work stoppage are starting to affect their bottom lines. Last year, it was the NBA that canceled early-season games through Christmas. This year, it’s the NHL that’s c ...

Tags: Media

SportsBusiness Journal: NFL shifts Thursday landscape

On Nov. 1, NFL Network posted its lowest TV rating of the season, as 4.8 million viewers tuned in to watch the Chargers rout the Chiefs. Still, the game’s viewership more than doubled the audiences that tuned in to the NBA and college football that night. On TNT, 2.1 million viewe ...

Tags: Media

SportsBusiness Daily: CBS, PBR Renew Media Rights Deal

CBS Sports renewed its media rights deal with the PBR, making CBS and CBS Sports Network the exclusive home of the sport. Financial terms are not available. This year was the first time CBS carried PBR, sharing the package with NBC. The new deal will see CBS show 10 events this year, and CBS Sports ...

SportsBusiness Daily: Skipper Defends ESPN's Journalistic Qualities

ESPN President John Skipper gave a full-throated defense of the quality of ESPN’s journalism, saying the company does more to cover sports than any other entity. He specifically highlighted ESPN as the only sports media company that uses an ombudsman and has published social media policies for ...

Tags: Media, ESPN

SportsBusiness Daily: Skipper: ESPN Dialing Back Tebow Coverage

ESPN is devoting less coverage to Jets QB Tim Tebow because ESPN President John Skipper told producers to dial it back. In an interview last week at his N.Y. office, Skipper said, "I said, 'Guys, we didn't handle this very well.' Going to training camp wasn't a problem. We just stayed on it relentle ...

Tags: Media, ESPN

SportsBusiness Journal: A candid chat with ESPN’s chief

A sk John Skipper to list his proudest accomplishment in the year that he’s been ESPN’s president, and he won’t mention the company’s billion-dollar rights deals or its industry-changing cable carriage agreements. Instead, he’ll talk about the smooth transition he ...

Tags: Most Influential

SportsBusiness Journal: Carriage fight for Big Ten?

The fact that Maryland and Rutgers are joining the Big Ten Conference doesn’t guarantee that their games will be on the Big Ten Network. In fact, several of their games may not be available locally at all — TV or broadband — when they kick off their Big Ten seasons in 2014. Mary ...

Tags: Media

Video Powered By - Castfire CMS Powered By - Sitecore

Report a Bug