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

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Longtime Turner Lawyer John Cooper Leaving Company By Year's End

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 10 / 30 / 14

John Cooper , a longtime Turner Broadcasting lawyer who was an important cog in the company's recent NBA media rights negotiations, is leaving the company by the end of the year. Cooper, who has been with the company since '97, was part of Time Warner's plan to cut up to 1,500 jobs, or 10% of staff...

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