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Staff writer John Ourand covers television and media.

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Golf Channel Going Commercial-Free In Nearly 24-Hour Remembrance Of Palmer

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 09 / 26 / 16

As word of Arnold Palmer’s death broke on social media last night, top NBC Universal execs put together a makeshift programming plan to honor one of the sport’s most revered stars. The company waited until it received confirmation from the Palmer family before reporting the news on-air. ...

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