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John Ourand

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

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Retooled Chase finishes strong

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 11 / 24 / 14

NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup may have started slowly, but it ended with the sport’s biggest viewership figures in several years. Kevin Harvick celebrated the first championship under the new format. ...

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10/13/14
SportsBusiness Journal: Sports Media: Rugby on big stage

N obody thinks that rugby is poised to challenge the popularity of football, basketball or soccer in the American sports hierarchy. But big media and sports sponsorship companies, like NBC Sports and AIG, are making small bets that the sport ...

Tags: Media

10/08/14
SportsBusiness Daily: Univision Launching Awards Show

Univision is launching an ESPYs-style sports awards show for U.S. Hispanics called Premios Univision Deportes (Univision Sports Awards). The two-hour event will take place Dec. 18 at 9:00pm ET in Miami. The event will be aired on UniMás and simulcast on Univision Deportes. The Univision Depor ...

10/08/14
SportsBusiness Daily: ESPN Changes Roles For Producers

ESPN will have a new producer in its "MNF" truck next season, as VP/Production JAY ROTHMAN is leaving the truck to oversee the net's MLB and "MNF" coverage. In his new role, Rothman also will oversee ESPN's internal group of directors. Rothman will produce "MNF" through the '15 Pro Bowl. His repla ...

Tags: People and Pop Culture, ESPN

10/07/14
SportsBusiness Daily: ESPN's Rothman To Oversee "MNF"

ESPN will have a new producer in its "MNF" truck next season, as VP/Production Jay Rothman is leaving the truck to oversee the net's MLB and "MNF" coverage. In his new role, Rothman also will oversee ESPN's internal group of directors. Rothman will produce "MNF" through the '15 Pro Bowl. His repla ...

10/06/14
SportsBusiness Daily: TNT, ESPN Lock Up New NBA Deals

The NBA, ESPN and Turner today formally announced nine-year media-rights extensions worth a massive $24B through the '24-25 season. The new deals begin with the '16-17 season. The average annual $2.6B in combined payments is 2.8 times higher than the current deal, which averages around $930M per ye ...

Tags: Media, NBA, ESPN, TBS/TNT

10/06/14
SportsBusiness Daily: NBA To Announce Media Rights Deals

ESPN and Turner Sports have completed nine-year deals worth a massive $24B to renew their NBA media rights through the '24-25 season. The deals will be announced during a press conference this morning that will be available on NBA.com and NBA TV. The average annual $2.6B combined payments is much mo ...

10/06/14
SportsBusiness Journal: NBA season brings more local streaming

Stop us if you’ve heard this before, but live local streaming is about to take off in the NBA this season. With NHL and Major League Baseball still negotiating these local digital rights, more than 20 of the NBA’s 30 teams will have live streams of their games available in market to a ...

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10/06/14
SportsBusiness Journal: New NBA media deals may hit $2.5B yearly

When NBA owners are briefed on the status of the league’s media negotiations later this month, they can expect to hear of a coming windfall of media revenue that is at the high end of what they were expecting. {podcast} SBJ Podcast: Media writer John Ourand, NBA reporter John Lombar ...

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10/06/14
SportsBusiness Journal: Sports Media: Revisiting stories

H ere is an update column on three stories SportsBusiness Journal/Daily covered about a year ago. > CoachesCabana.com Still Running A recurring theme in sports media deals with how networks program second screens to complement their m ...

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10/02/14
SportsBusiness Daily: DirecTV Renews NFL Sunday Ticket

DirecTV formally announced its renewal of the NFL Sunday Ticket package for another eight years. DirecTV is paying an average of $1.5B per year for the package, with the rights fee increasing by 6% each year. The deal extends through the '22 season and synchs up with the NFL's other TV deals. CBS, ...

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