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

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Fox Sports Digital Hires USA Today Sports Media Group's Pesavento

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 07 / 15

Fox Sports Digital hired Mark Pesavento from USA Today Sports Media Group to be Senior VP/Content. Pesavento, who helped launch USA Today’s “For the Win” site, will oversee all editorial and video content development for the company, as well as manage Fox Sports’ social med...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Ratings bump from Sochi hockey unlikely

The U.S. men’s hockey team’s shootout win over Russia at the Olympics drew 4.1 million viewers, the biggest audience to watch a hockey game on NBC Sports Network. Four days later, NBC Sports Group set an online record when 798,337 unique users streamed the U.S. team’s win over the ...

Tags: Media

02/18/14
SportsBusiness Daily: Tony Gonzalez Added To CBS NFL Pregame

CBS Sports is shaking up its NFL studio show, hiring the recently retired Tony Gonzalez and cutting Dan Marino and Shannon Sharpe. CBS Sports Chair Sean McManus told THE DAILY that the network is in the process of hiring another analyst soon, but added that deal was not ready to be announced yet. Mc ...

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02/17/14
SportsBusiness Journal: Despite L.A., NBA local TV numbers good

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Tags: Media, Leagues and Governing Bodies

02/17/14
SportsBusiness Journal: SportsNet LA marketing Dodgers

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Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, Media

02/17/14
SportsBusiness Journal: ‘New guard’ creates new feel with NBC

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Tags: Olympics

02/11/14
SportsBusiness Daily: NBCSN To Debut NASCAR Studio Show

NBCSN is taking the wraps off a daily studio show called "NASCAR America." The channel will launch the show Feb. 24, the day after the Daytona 500. A formal announcement is expected to come later today. The 30-minute show will be slotted in the 5:00pm ET weekday timeslot and will be produced from NB ...

02/11/14
SportsBusiness Daily: TWC Inks Deals With YES, FS San Diego

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02/10/14
SportsBusiness Journal: How CBS won Thursday night

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Tags: Media

02/05/14
SportsBusiness Daily: CBS Wins Thursday Night NFL Package

The NFL this afternoon awarded CBS the Thursday night package, picking the network over competing bids from ABC, Fox, NBC and Turner. It is not known how much CBS paid for the package, but sources said the initial bids were in the high $200M range for the year. The agreement is for the '14 seas ...

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02/03/14
SportsBusiness Daily: Bids For Thursday Games In High $200M Range

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