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John Ourand

Staff writer John Ourand covers television and media.

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Kentucky is top draw during CBS-Turner era

04 / 14 / 14

During the first three years of CBS and Turner’s NCAA tournament partnership, it was clear who held the most influence: CBS had the biggest games and posted the biggest ratings for the event. This year, though, marked the first time TBS carried Elite Eight and Final Four games. While ...

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03/05/07
ESPNews in HD, Deportes coming to DirecTV

ESPN is planning to launch its third high-definition channel — an HD version of ESPNews — around the end of the year, and it has worked out a deal to have DirecTV carry the new service. The deal, which was signed last week after several months of negotiations, also includes a DirecTV agreem ...

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02/26/07
NBA League Pass should remain on cable, Stern says

No sooner had word leaked that Major League Baseball was close to selling its out-of-market rights exclusively to DirecTV, than NBA Commissioner David Stern was on the phone with some of the cable industry’s most powerful dealmakers from Comcast and Time Warner Cable. “David made it clear t ...

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02/26/07
ESPN near deal for stake in MLL

ESPN is close to a deal that will see the network take an equity stake in Major League Lacrosse, a six-year-old league that has 10 teams. While specific details of the size and value of the investment were not available, the move furthers ESPN’s strategy of shunning straight rights deals fo ...

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02/26/07
XM-Sirius merger could cost leagues

The proposed merger of the country’s two satellite radio companies could potentially cost sports leagues and media networks hundreds of millions of dollars in lost rights  fees and advertising revenue over the next decade. The problem isn’t with the contracts the leagues have signed with X ...

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02/26/07
Conferences explore TV options

Officials from the major college conferences have stark choices in front of them as their TV rights deals come due. The mtn., launched by the Mountain West Conference, has struggled to find distribution. They can go for the easy money and sell their rights to ES ...

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02/12/07
Bornstein calm in NFL Net storm

Sitting on a couch in Miami’s Marriott Biscayne Bay, Steve Bornstein presented the picture of relaxed confidence. Just three days before Super Bowl XLI, the NFL Network president known for his hard-driving personality was calm and cool, shedding his coat and tie in favor of a white dress shirt ...

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02/05/07
MLB, clubs near resolution on video-on-demand rights; settlement ...

Major League Baseball and its individual clubs are nearing a resolution on video-on-demand rights, an issue that has steadily simmered for nearly six months and angered TV rights holders eager to deploy the advanced services. Los Angeles Dodgers President and Vice Chairma ...

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02/05/07
Fox’s ad lineup nearly full for Daytona

Fox’s Daytona 500 ad sales are pacing ahead of 2005, the last time it carried the race, with only a “single-digit” number of ad spots left, network executives said last week. Daytona 500 spots are selling for close to $500,000. The network has been selling in- ...

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02/05/07
Speed green-lights ‘Pinks’ for VOD premiere

In a nod to the growing popularity of cable’s on-demand services, Speed is launching the fourth season of its popular series “Pinks” on video-on-demand eight days before the season premiere on its linear channel. Most of the top cable operators, including Comcast, Time Warner and Cox, will ...

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02/05/07
Speed signs up fleet of sponsors

Speed signed sponsorship deals with BFGoodrich Tires, Alltel Wireless and Sunoco around its automotive programming. Sunoco will sponsor a pit strategy feature in Speed’s NASCAR pre-race coverage. Sunoco is the official fuel of NASCAR. BFGoodrich signed on as presenting sponsor of the Sp ...

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