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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 ...

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SportsBusiness Daily: ESPN's Jed Drake Talks World Cup Production

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06/26/14
SportsBusiness Daily: Cablevision To Carry Fight Network, FNTSY

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SportsBusiness Journal: CBS touts Thursday night NFL games

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06/23/14
SportsBusiness Journal: Back9 gets first distribution deal

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Tags: Media

06/20/14
SportsBusiness Daily: Geico To Have Logo In Front Of Wizards' Bench

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06/20/14
SportsBusiness Daily: NBA Reiterates Plan To Have 30-Team D-League

NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum reiterated the league's plan to have each of its 30 franchises become affiliated with its own D-League team. Speaking at Monumental Sports & Entertainment's first "Partner Summit" in DC Thursday, Tatum said he expects the number of D-League teams to grow from 1 ...

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06/16/14
SportsBusiness Journal: Mystics stream live games to mobile app

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06/11/14
SportsBusiness Daily: Vice Launches New Online Sports Channel

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SportsBusiness Daily: SNY To Air Mets Game With Limited Ads Thursday

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