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All Remaining CSN Outlets To Be Rebranded As NBC Sports RSNs In October

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 08 / 23 / 17

NBC Sports Group is putting the NBC brand on each of its regional sports networks starting Oct. 2. The move follows the April decision to rename two of its California RSNs to NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports California. As part of the change, CSN Mid-Atlantic will shed its Baltimore affiliation an...

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Media Notes

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Disney Launching ESPN Streaming Service

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Disney Makes Biggest Cord-Cutter Move To Date

Disney is now the "biggest cord-cutter Hollywood has ever seen" after announcing plans to start "two online subscription streaming services to offer its sports, movies and television programming directly to consumers, a broadside at distributors old and new, including cable providers and Netflix," ...

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Disney's Q3 Shows Profit Down, Revenue Flat

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Len Dawson Retiring From Chiefs Radio After '17

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