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John Ourand

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

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ESPN Launching Digital ACC Offering Next Month, Linear Network In '19

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 19 / 16

ESPN will launch an ACC digital network next month called ACC Network Plus and a 24-hour linear channel in August '19 dubbed ACC Network, according to sources. Modeled on the SEC’s digital offering that ESPN launched two years ago, ACC Network Plus will be fully owned by ESPN an...

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05/16/16
SportsBusiness Journal: Emmys for FS1’s ‘Fox Sports Live’

The most surprising result to come out of last week’s Sports Emmy awards was the three statues won by FS1’s studio show “Fox Sports Live” — tied with Super Bowl 50 for the biggest haul awarded to a single program. The Emmy wins must feel good for a show that drastica ...

Tags: Media

05/16/16
SportsBusiness Journal: National Geographic to join Fox at Cup

The National Geographic Society — a 128-year-old educational and scientific group — has agreed to help document one of the world’s biggest sports events. National Geographic has told Fox Sports that it will deploy its photographers and video producers in Russia to help Fox tell ...

Tags: Media

05/12/16
SportsBusiness Daily: NFL Renews YouTube Partnership

The NFL renewed its YouTube partnership for the next two seasons. The league originally signed a YouTube deal last year and set up its own NFL-branded YouTube channel shortly thereafter. The current deal runs through the '17 NFL season and will see the NFL add more content to its channel. Before the ...

Tags: Media, NFL, YouTube

05/11/16
SportsBusiness Daily: Upstart ELeague Signs First Three Sponsorships

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Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship

05/11/16
SportsBusiness Daily: Eleague Lands Three Sponsors

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05/09/16
SportsBusiness Journal: Retelling the O.J. story at ESPN

I am one of the lucky few who has seen ESPN’s excellent documentary film “O.J.: Made in America.” I know the O.J. story well — I was 27 years old and following the case from a newsroom. The film blew me away, so much so that ...

Tags: Media

05/09/16
SportsBusiness Journal: Upfronts focus on out-of-home measures

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Tags: Media

05/09/16
SportsBusiness Journal: A 'W' for WNBA

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Tags: Media

05/09/16
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SportsBusiness Daily: FS1 Launching Whitlock-Cowherd Debate Show

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