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

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Michael Paull Delivers First Public Comments As BAMTech CEO

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 04 / 25 / 17

New BAMTech CEO Michael Paull did not discuss the upcoming launch of an ESPN-branded, multi-sport OTT service, which is planned for later this year. However, in his first public comments since joining the company in February, Paull described a market that would be ripe for such a service. “I...

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