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Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 28 / 14

Media reporter  Joe Flint : "Very excited to be re-joining the WSJ on the media beat and very grateful to the LA Times for five great years." Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot : "For Johny Manziel's final team period today, the Beastie Boys' 'Fight for your right to party' blared...

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Media Notes

In L.A., Joe Flint reported Time Warner, in a "move designed to ward off a potential hostile takeover," approved a provision that would "make it difficult for dissident shareholders to force a vote on a sale or attempt a change" in the comapny's BOD. The move "comes in the wake" of Fox' $80B offer ...

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07/21/14
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07/21/14
Media Notes

In Raleigh, Luke DeCock poses the question, "Has the time come for an ACC Network, an actual channel dedicated to the conference?" The "easy answer is yes," as there has "never been a better time to start a sports network of any kind." But the conference "has taken a surprisingly equivocal tone ...

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07/18/14
SEC Network Secures Carriage Deal With Comcast

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07/18/14
CBS' Moonves Discusses NFL Thursday Night Package

CBS President & CEO Les Moonves on Thursday made a "rare appearance at the Television Critics Association summer press tour to help hype" the net's new eight-game Thursday night NFL package, something CBS is "trying to parlay ... into a long-term deal," according to Michael O'Connell of the ...

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Erin Andrews Leaving CFB Duties At Fox

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07/18/14
Showtime Will No Longer Release Boxing PPV Numbers

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