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John Ourand

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

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What three media execs saw as CES’s coolest new ideas

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 01 / 16 / 17

I asked three media executives to describe the “coolest products” they saw at the recently completed Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. I told them not to limit their answers to products with sports applications. It was no surprise to see the excitement around virtual and augmented ...

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SportsBusiness Daily: NFL Making VR Push With New YouTube Series

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SportsBusiness Journal: Sports Media: Sandomir looks back

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SportsBusiness Journal: Big 12 stands pat; will see new money

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SportsBusiness Journal: ESPN starts anew on ‘Countdown’

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SportsBusiness Daily: ESPN's Kornheiser, Wilbon Sign Extensions

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