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Staff writer John Ourand covers television and media.

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Big markets take big hits in local viewership

04 / 21 / 14

The NBA’s three biggest media markets posted significant drops in local TV viewership this season, with the five clubs in those markets shedding a combined 259,000 homes per game from last year. Knicks ra...

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08/28/06
Kyocera, Nike to sponsor football on FSN

Fox Sports Net cut a pair of sponsorship deals for high school and college football programming last week that will add at least $1.5 million to the network’s coffers. Kyocera will sponsor FSN games featuring the Pac-10 and Big 12, with national champ Texas. ...

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08/28/06
French rights: ESPN out, Tennis Channel in

The French Open pulled a consistent 0.4 rating on weekdays on ESPN2. The Tennis Channel secured the weekday rights to the French Open last week after ESPN balked at the price tag, lack of advertising and ratings buzz surrounding the event. Though it is on ...

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08/28/06
New ESPNU site targets cstv.com

ESPN wants its ESPNU site to partner with school and conference sites. After ceding much of the online college sports space to CSTV over the last several years, ESPN is getting into the game in a big way this week with plans to launch a college sports Web si ...

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08/28/06
NFL wants to limit overlap of Fox, NBC shows on Sunday

Two weeks before the NFL regular season starts, the NFL and Fox are close to being on the same page when it comes to the network’s postgame show, but some issues still appear unresolved. The Fox Sports crew is ready to go long. The two sides were at odd ...

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08/28/06
Comcast to pay surcharge, carry NFL Net games

Comcast has quietly agreed to pay the NFL Network a surcharge that will allow it to carry the channel’s slate of eight Thursday and Saturday night NFL games that start in November. Both sides have stayed mum about the deal, however, as they negotiate how the network should be offered on Co ...

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08/21/06
No rush by networks to broadcast youth sports

In mid-July, executives from the New England Sports Network were talking about their plans to brand August “Kids Month.” They were going to center their programming on live action from Little League baseball’s New England regional tournament and schedule more youth sports programming th ...

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08/21/06
ESPN set for next round of Full Circle with FSU-Miami

Multiple ESPN channels will tackle Seminoles- Hurricanes on Sept. 4. ESPN is planning its third Full Circle event Sept. 4 around the Florida State-Miami college football game. ESPN will show the regular game feed in high-definition. ESPN2 will have several ...

08/14/06
Edges set to join Tennis Channel as senior VP

Three months after Steve Bellamy’s departure as founder and president of The Tennis Channel, the network has hired a tennis industry insider, David Edges, to take over many of Bellamy’s duties. “It’s an oversimplification to say that David is replacing Bellamy,” Tennis Channel chairman ...

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08/14/06
ESPN to put own stamp on ‘MNF’

New graphics include a different placement for the on-screen scoreboard and clock. Hank Williams Jr. will still open the show and the traditional “Monday Night Football” theme will be part of the introduction, but ESPN is planning to put its own stamp on the ...

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08/14/06
Net prepares for life after Mets

SportsNet New York is preparing to roll out the second phase of its “Sportshead” marketing campaign in the Big Apple at the end of August in an effort to let viewers know that it will still have sports programming once the New York Mets’ season ends. T ...

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