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

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Supreme Court Hears Arguments On Redistributive TV Service Aereo

04 / 22 / 14

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on the Aereo case this morning and is expected to hand down a decision within months. Aereo uses antennas to redistribute broadcast signals via the Internet for a small monthly fee. Because Aereo does not pay retransmission consent fees, broadcasters (ABC, CBS,...

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04/12/11
"Frontline" To Examine High School Football

PBS' "Frontline" looks into high school football tonight at 10:00pm ET with "Football High." The show goes behind the scenes of Shiloh Christian, a small school in northwest Arkansas that saw one of its players succumb to a heat-stroke injury during a summer practice last season. The show asks, ...

04/06/11
SNY Launches Ant-Dish Network Ads

SportsNet N.Y. started an extensive multi-platform marketing campaign today to protest Dish Network’s decision to drop the channel from its line-up. Channel execs would not say how much they are investing in the campaign, which is hitting N.Y. and surrounding markets in newspapers, online and o ...

03/30/11
ESPN Files Suit Against C-USA

ESPN filed a lawsuit against Conference USA in Manhattan federal court today, alleging that the conference did not fulfill its contractual obligations to the network when it sold its TV rights to Fox in January. ESPN's suit alleges that the two sides reached an agreement in principle. ESPN also clai ...

03/30/11
EchoStar, SNY In Middle Of Carriage Dispute

EchoStar and SportsNet N.Y. are in the middle of a carriage dispute that could see Dish Network drop the channel prior to the Mets' season-opening game against the Marlins Friday. SNY's carriage deal with the satellite operator expires Thursday night. "We do not comment about on-going negotiations," ...

03/30/11
Screen Capital Forms RSN Partners

Beverly Hills-based finance company Screen Capital Int'l is forming an affiliate called RSN Partners that is being set up to help teams and properties launch and operate RSNs. RSN Partners is backed by the Boston-based Abry Partners. The group has retained Lee Berke 's LHB Sports to help identify ...

03/30/11
Bud Selig Speaks At WCOS

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03/28/11
Will Mid-Majors Hurt CBS' Ratings?

When both VCU and Butler made the Final Four, instant reaction from many in the sports community was that the lack of a marquee school in one semifinal would hurt CBS's ratings. THE DAILY asked ESPN Senior VP/Research & Analytics Artie Bulgrin whether marquee teams or competitive games drive r ...

03/17/11
Sources: Fox-Big 12 Rights Deal Increasing 350%

More details are emerging about Fox'  planned cable rights deal with the Big 12, which sources say is worth an average of around $90M over 13 years. At that rate, Fox would pay a 350% increase over its current fee of $20M per year. But as part of the deal terms being negotiated, Fox would end up wi ...

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03/16/11
More Details Of Fox-Big 12 TV Deal

More details are emerging about Fox' planned cable rights deal with the Big 12, which sources say is worth an average of around $90M over 13 years. At that rate, Fox would pay a 350% increase over its current fee of $20M per year. But as part of the deal terms being negotiated, Fox would end up ...

03/16/11
Q&A With SNY President Steve Raab

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