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Hangin' With ... ESPN Int'l SVP Of Production, Programming, Marketing & Ad Sales Bunnell

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 08 / 05 / 16

Tim Bunnell TIM BUNNELL is the senior VP of production, programming, marketing and advertising sales at ESPN Int'l. In his capacity, he keeps a close eye on the network's Latin American operati...

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Tags: Olympics, Brazil

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Tags: Olympics, Brazil

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Starting at 6am, trash-collection boats "receiving GPS coordinates will sweep up debris before each day of Olympic sailing kicks off in Rio de Janeiro's Guanabara Bay," according to Stephen Wade of the AP. World Sailing CEO Andy Hunt acknowledged that Rio "is difficult." He "raised an unfavorable co ...

Tags: Olympics, Brazil

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Maradona Calls For Audit Of AFA

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Montgomerie: IOC May Reconsider Golf

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Rio Costs Running 51% Over Budget

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