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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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01/08/07
NFL’s TV changes pay off

When the NFL was negotiating its TV contracts in 2005, the league’s media mind, Steve Bornstein, did not play it safe. Instead, he moved chess pieces along the league’s television landscape and changed the packages. So far, the results have been an unqualified success. C ...

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12/25/06
DirecTV-only MLB package?

DirecTV is in advanced talks with Major League Baseball about acquiring exclusive access to baseball’s out-of-market Extra Innings package, a move that could be a huge blow to the cable industry and one that will certainly grab attention on Capitol Hill. Sources from both the league and th ...

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12/25/06
Sports tier will work out for NBA TV, Stern says

Bashing digital sports tiers is in vogue among programmers today, but the service has at least one fan in NBA Commissioner David Stern — even though his NBA TV has been languishing on cable’s digital sports tiers since its launch in 1999. “I use the term idling,” Stern said, referring to N ...

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12/25/06
Digital issues slow NBA’s TV talks

Negotiations on the NBA’s next television rights package are moving forward at a glacial pace, but the talks have remained cordial and all sides believe that ESPN and TNT will wind up renewing their deals at some point over the next year. Longtime NBA broadcaster TNT is e ...

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12/25/06
After post-lockout bounce, NHL ratings slip

As more than a dozen patrons at the Station Grill in Washington, D.C., picked over french fries and drank beer on Dec. 11, images of the Chicago Bears and St. Louis Rams “Monday Night Football” game played on the television behind the bar. Just seven blocks away, the Washington Capitals we ...

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12/18/06
Super Bowl sales on track for CBS, but is the ‘ad meter’ effect s ...

CBS’s Super Bowl ad sales are solid this year, tracking similar to ABC’s performance last year. But network executives and ad buyers are beginning to wonder if the growth of Super Bowl ad rates are being stifled by USA Today’s Super Bowl ad meter. They point to the newspaper’s influential a ...

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12/18/06
ESPN 360 x 2: AT&T rollout doubles distribution to 15M homes

AT&T rolled out ESPN’s broadband channel, ESPN 360, to nearly 8 million of its high-speed data customers last week — a move that doubles the fledgling service’s distribution to 15 million homes. ESPN 360 is ESPN's broadband video channel The deal is import ...

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12/18/06
FSN regionals sign clubs despite talk of selling 3 RSNs

When FSN North signs a long-term renewal deal for the Milwaukee Bucks this week, it will mark the fifth such deal FSN’s stable of regional sports networks has signed in recent weeks. The spate of deals underscored FSN’s commitment to its RSNs — a commitment that was questioned when word bro ...

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12/18/06
Fox’s 4-year BCS packages a hit

Who needs a college football playoff? Not Fox, apparently, which has become the darling of the ad community following a successful run-up to the Bowl Championship Series. Fox’s four BCS games — ABC/ESPN is selling the Rose Bowl — are 95 percent sold out for this year, and 70 percent sold ac ...

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12/11/06
When ESPN takes HD to Hawaii, assembly will be required

ESPN will air a college football game from Hawaii in high-definition for the first time, thanks to a makeshift high-definition control room made out of three office trailers. The broadcast of the Cornerstone Bancard Hula Bowl in HD on Jan. 14 means ESPN will air all but one of its college ...

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