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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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Fox signs sponsors for college tour

Fox Sports has signed Ford, Academy Sports and Pizza Hut as charter sponsors for its “Fox College Saturday Tour” — a roadshow that will sit outside stadiums where Fox is broadcasting its national college football games this season. Fox will use the “tour” for live cut-i ...

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BT's sports gamble

British Telecom executives are making a $1.5 billion bet that they can expand their telephone and broadband businesses by giving away sports TV channels. The company surprised the British media establishment in June 2012 by putting forth a massive $383 million per year bid to pick up one of the E ...

Tags: Global Special Issue

Twitter taps Reiss to spearhead sports

Twitter has taken its most significant step into the sports world by hiring Geoff Reiss to build out the company’s sports business, according to several sources. Twitter hired the former Professional Bowlers Association CEO to a new position as head of sports partnerships where he will repo ...

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What’s new in networks’ NFL coverage

NFL Network is revamping its prime-time schedule, pushing its signature “Total Access” show back one hour into the 8 p.m. ET time slot and switching its focus to offer more analysis and debate. It plans to lead into “Total Access” with two hours of live studio programming. ...

Tags: Media, NFL Season Preview

Networks in talks to exit NASCAR early

ESPN and Turner Sports are talking with NASCAR about getting out of their broadcast rights agreement a year early, a move that could allow Fox Sports and NBC Sports Group to become the sport’s broadcasters next year. It’s unlikely that the four TV companies will be able to reach a dea ...

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ESPN locks up LLWS through ’22

ESPN finalized a deal that ensures it will carry the Little League World Series through 2022. As part of the deal with Little League International, which was first reported by SportsBusiness Journal in June, ESPN will pay around $60 million over the eight-year extension, around $7.5 million per y ...

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MASN deal creates legend, deadlock

It remains one of the most lopsided deals in sports TV history and bolsters Peter Angelos’ reputation as a shrewd negotiator. In 2005, Major League Baseball gave the Orioles owner control of the media rights to his team’s closest geographic rival, the Washington Nationals. At the tim ...

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Iowa State starts its own channel

Across the Big 12, Iowa State Athletic Director Jamie Pollard saw his fellow schools creating the Longhorn Network and Sooner Sports TV. Within his own state, Iowa had the Big Ten Network. Pollard felt like he was falling behind and he had to do something to address Iowa State’s growing exp ...

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Distributors hold the line

It’s been a constant theme in the pay-TV industry for the past decade: Distributors complain about the cost of sports, but they are powerless to stop it. In discussing the Time Warner Cable-CBS battle last week, financial analyst Craig Moffett said, “These disputes always end up with the ...

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Ex-Blues CEO joins The Legacy Agency

The Legacy Agency hired longtime sports executive Mike McCarthy to launch a media consulting business. McCarthy, who left his post as CEO of the St. Louis Blues when the team was sold last year, will target teams, leagues and properties that need to develop strategies around their media rights. ...

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