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

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NBC Sports Rebranding California RSNs Away From CSN Moniker

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 03 / 22 / 17

NBC Sports Group will rename its two California-based RSNs to NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports California – stripping away the CSN moniker. There is no word on whether similar changes will occur with NBC’s other RSNs – Chicago, ...

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