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Universal Sports Signs Deal With National Cable Television Cooperative

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 09 / 18 / 14

Universal Sports today signed a distribution deal with the National Cable Television Cooperative, a group that represents around 900 small cable operators in carriage deals. Universal Sports previously had deals with NCTC members Google Fiber, Wave Broadband, GCI and Hawaiian Telecom. As part of the...

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49ers Replace Sod At Levi's Stadium

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Lambeau Field Rolls Out New Gameday Food

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Cavs, Indians Get Public Funds Approved

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UNC Keeps Smith Center Renovations On Hold

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Bruins Eye Corporate Events At New Facility

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College Facility Notes

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