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Staff writer John Ourand covers television and media.

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Retooled Chase finishes strong

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 11 / 24 / 14

NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup may have started slowly, but it ended with the sport’s biggest viewership figures in several years. Kevin Harvick celebrated the first championship under the new format. ...

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09/08/14
SportsBusiness Journal: NBA nearing massive media deals

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09/04/14
SportsBusiness Daily: NFL Now OTT Service Adds New Shows

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09/01/14
SportsBusiness Journal: Nickelodeon launching prime-time sports

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09/01/14
SportsBusiness Journal: The U.K.'s TV potential

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08/25/14
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