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Fox Sports Hires Jeff Gordon As Full-Time Analyst For Sprint Cup Races

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 05 / 22 / 15

Fox Sports on Thursday announced that Jeff Gordon has signed a multiyear contract with the net that will see him join the net's NASCAR Sprint Cup announce team in '16 as a race analyst after he retires this year as a competitive driver. He will work alongside play-by-play announcer Mike Joy and anal...

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ESPN To Simulcast NFL Wild Card Game On ABC

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Univision Unveils Soccer-Heavy Lineup At Upfront

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ABC Gets NFL Wild Card Simulcast

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Skipper Calls Simmons Split "Business Decision"

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Dish Says Sling TV Is Paying Off Thus Far

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Simmons' Goodell Barb Seen As Last Straw

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Media Notes

The HOLLYWOOD REPORTER's Eriq Gardner reported HBO on Friday "finally beat a defamation lawsuit over a 'Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel '  report on child labor in India." The lawsuit was brought by Mitre Sports , which claimed that its reputation as a leading anti-child labor advocate "wa ...

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