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

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Sports Business Awards: NBC Sports Group Wins Best In Sports Media

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 05 / 25 / 17

NBC Sports Group won the Sports Business Award for Sports Media based largely on its performance with the Rio Games, but NBC Sports Group Chair Mark Lazarus said that he views the organization's success through the lens of smaller events just as much as he does through big events like the Olympics. ...

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SportsBusiness Daily: Tennis Channel Brings On Goren As Consultant

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SportsBusiness Journal: Digital media’s recent rush of deals

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SportsBusiness Journal: Media focus on VR/AR, wearables

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SportsBusiness Journal: Colleges migrating to Facebook Live

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SportsBusiness Journal: Sports Media: Instagram bull’s-eye

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SportsBusiness Journal: NBC RSNs worked together for ‘Tomboy’

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SportsBusiness Journal: Montag adds Ex-White House staffer

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SportsBusiness Daily: Facebook Gets Rights To Stream MLS Games

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SportsBusiness Daily: NFL Net Sees Big Combine Viewership Jump

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SportsBusiness Daily: Analysts Watching Disney Amid ESPN News

RBC Capital Markets analyst Steven Cahall said he will be following Disney’s stock today in the wake of the news that ESPN is laying off some on-air personalities from TV and radio . The news "might be seen as a bellwether to how sensitive media investor nerves are as we think Disney and ESPN ...

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