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

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ESPN Exec VP Sean Bratches Planning To Leave The Company At The End Of The Year

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 04 / 20 / 15

SEAN BRATCHES , one of ESPN’s most powerful execs, will leave the company at the end of the year. Bratches oversaw ad sales and affiliate sales for ESPN as Exec VP/Sales & Marketing. He will serve in an advisory role through that time. No replacement has been named. Bratches spent 27 year...

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