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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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01/29/07
DirecTV talks hinge on MLB net

DirecTV’s willingness to place Major League Baseball’s long-planned 24-hour TV network on an expanded basic tier has topped cable’s offer of placement on a digital sports tier and, in the process, redefined how the sport will distribute its out-of-market game broadcasts. ...

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01/29/07
NHL-Versus relationship looks smooth as ice

On Tuesday at the NHL’s board of governors meeting in Dallas, Commissioner Gary Bettman addressed the league’s future on television. His talk didn’t even last five minutes. The NHL will be on Versus next year, and for three years after that. That revelation isn’t surprising considerin ...

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01/29/07
ESPN’s storytelling draws in exec

Robert Wallace ESPN is looking to a one-time editor of Rolling Stone magazine to help develop nonscripted programming for ESPN Original Entertainment. Robert Wallace officially joined ESPN last month after working on a 10-part NASCAR documentary that ESPN is sl ...

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01/29/07
Overall ratings drop doesn’t worry RSNs

An overall ratings drop among many regional sports networks last year is not a cause for concern, say executives at the networks and in the advertising community. NESN’s broadcasts of the Red Sox earned the highest MLB ratings Half of the 10 top-rated RSNs sa ...

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01/22/07
YES’s 2007 lineup includes Google Video deal

Just weeks before pitchers and catchers report, YES Network is completing its 2007 regular-season plans, which will include more broadband and wireless content than ever. A screen shot shows a YES text-messaging trial, done through a deal with 4Info. The Yan ...

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01/22/07
Four-sight: Fox expects to run more conference nets

Fox eventually expects to end up running as many as four college conference sports networks similar to its fledgling Big Ten Network, Fox Networks Group president and CEO Tony Vinciquerra said last week. Fox promoted Thompson (left) and Freer. “That would be a str ...

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01/15/07
ESPN sells new options for NASCAR

ESPN has been hitting Madison Avenue for the past two months with a sales strategy for NASCAR that emphasizes its “surround” approach. ESPN’s first race is the Busch Series Daytona 300 on Feb. 17. The network has been offering advertisers four ways to get involved with the network’s NASCAR ...

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01/15/07
NBC and Versus ‘on the same page,’ say NHL sales are up

The NHL and its television network partners say ad sales are pacing ahead of last year, while ratings remain flat at best. Versus has signed KFC to sponsor the in-goal camera on its NHL broadcasts. NBC claimed an impressive list of advertisers for its first ...

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01/15/07
Deal would put AFL games on NFL Network

A likely deal that would put AFL games on the NFL Network on Friday nights is in the works, however executives say the would-be partners still are battling over revenue splits and share of production costs. “We know arena football isn’t something that is going to make a big cable operator s ...

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01/08/07
Turner giving NASCAR.com social networking boost

In an attempt to increase NASCAR ratings next season, ESPN and Turner separately are planning to surround NASCAR programming with a multiplatform approach popularized during ESPN’s coverage of “Monday Night Football” this season. The relaunched site will appeal to th ...

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