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

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Promotions At NBC Sports Increases Olympics Responsibilities For Bell, Zenkel

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 01 / 18 / 17

Telemundo’s coverage of the ’18 FIFA World Cup will have a distinctly Olympic feel next year, as NBC Sports Group is putting its top Olympic producer in charge of the Spanish-language channel’s production. JIM BELL will be the Exec Producer on the event as part of a promotion tha...

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Tags: People and Pop Culture, NBC

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SportsBusiness Journal: CSN Mid-Atlantic reframes the game

Executives at Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic are trying to reinvent pregame and postgame shows this fall. For Joe Ferreira, the regional sports network’s vice president of content strategy, that means his network will spend less time on talking heads sitting at a studio desk after Capitals ...

Tags: Media

SportsBusiness Journal: Coming, but how soon?

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Tags: Media

SportsBusiness Journal: Horowitz to oversee Fox Sports digital

Jamie Horowitz now will oversee Fox Sports’ digital operations. The president of Fox Sports’ National Networks takes over the role vacated by Pete Vlastelica, who left as executive vice president of digital last month to become president and CEO of Activision Blizzard’s esports ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Big names flock to Vatican event

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, New York Giants owner John Mara, NCAA President Mark Emmert and Bruin Sports Capital founder George Pyne are among the bold-faced names attending this week’s multifaith sports conference, “Sports at the Service of Humanity,” at ...

Tags: Sports in Society

SportsBusiness Journal: Leonsis saw the power of gaming at AOL

A sense of déjà vu creeps in when you listen to sports team owner Ted Leonsis talk about his investment in an esports team. Leonsis, who gained much of his fortune from his stint as a senior executive with AOL, referenced the origins of the company in the 1980s, when it allowed Atari t ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: NBA owners line up to play in esports

NBA owners are rushing to acquire stakes in esports teams, hoping to expand their own digital media empires and play a role in the long-term development of the emerging industry. Owners of the 76ers, Wizards, Warriors and Grizzlies all closed deals last week, and more are coming, sources say. One ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

SportsBusiness Journal: Sports Media: Contenders lead ratings

S omewhere, likely in Milwaukee, Bud Selig is smiling. The former commissioner’s once-panned idea of the wild card playoff has resulted in a beautiful amount of chaos this September that is driving local TV ratings. With a week le ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Time to panic over declining viewership?

Editor’s note: This story is revised from the print edition. Where have all the viewers gone? That’s a question that executives across the sports and media business privately have been asking all year as they pore over data that shows a surprisingly consistent and wo ...

Tags: Research and Ratings

SportsBusiness Daily: Fox Sports Hires Two New Executives

Fox Sports made a couple of hires for FS1 and FS2, bringing on Neal Scarbrough to the newly created role of Exec Editor and Gabe Spitzer as Exec Producer. Both execs will be based in L.A and report to FS1/FS2 Exec VP/Content Charlie Dixon . Scarbrough comes from NESN and will oversee news updat ...

SportsBusiness Daily: GC Going With Nearly 24-Hour Palmer Remembrance

As word of Arnold Palmer’s death broke on social media last night, top NBC Universal execs put together a makeshift programming plan to honor one of the sport’s most revered stars. The company waited until it received confirmation from the Palmer family before reporting the news on-air. ...

Tags: Media, Golf Channel

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