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

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Learning from Yahoo's plan to stream Oct. 24 Bills-Jaguars game

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 08 / 31 / 15

What do you hope to learn from the Oct. 25 Bills-Jaguars game that will be streamed by Yahoo? ■ ROLAPP: We’re most interested in finding out what the opportunities are and what’s different when you distribute a game on the Internet exclusively over IP. With the television mo...

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