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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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08/05/13
Fox adds races, years to NASCAR deal

Fox Sports and NASCAR closed a new, $3.8 billion TV rights agreement that adds three Sprint Cup races, 14 Nationwide Series races and two years to the deal the broadcaster cut with NASCAR last fall. The $3.8 billion price tag is $1.4 billion greater than the eight-year deal Fox signed with NASCAR ...

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08/05/13
Trask, agent look for broadcast role

Former Oakland Raiders front-office executive Amy Trask is shopping for an on-air TV gig. Trask hired an agent, Maxx Sports & Entertainment President Mark Lepselter, who has contacted the NFL’s network partners on behalf of the former executive. ...

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08/05/13
The final days of Speed

In late July, Speed employee Jessie Morrison scaled the large, red Speed sign outside the broadcast network’s Charlotte headquarters. She stretched out across it on her stomach, turned toward a camera and smiled. Later, she posted the phot ...

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08/05/13
Two channels will carry Speed name

Speed is sticking around after all. Fox Sports plans to keep two versions of Speed up and running after Aug. 17, when the channel officially is rebranded to Fox Sports 1. One version has been described as “Speed Classic,” which wi ...

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07/29/13
Rebrand of Fuel to FS2 quietly readied

Cable and satellite operators are preparing for Fox Sports to launch Fox Sports 2 next month even though the media company still has not announced anything official yet. Earlier this month, cable systems in the Northeast sent notifications to their subscribers announcing plans to flip Fuel into ...

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07/29/13
NBC steps up, lands NASCAR

During the week of July 7, NASCAR officials started to realize that the sport’s long-standing, multi-decade relationships with ESPN and Turner were coming to an end. Soon after the July 4 holiday, Turner’s David Levy called NASCAR’s Steve Herbst to say that Turner wasn&rs ...

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07/29/13
Experts: Market is ready for FS1

The addition of another sports channel next month does not concern executives in the ad buying community, who say the demand for sports programming is so strong now that the market easily can handle multiple networks. Most of the media executive ...

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07/22/13
NFL hires X Games pioneer Semiao

The NFL has hired former ESPN executive Ron Semiao to oversee NFL Network programming and the league’s media events, including the Super Bowl halftime show. Taking on the new position of vice president of programming and media events, Semiao will report to Mark Quenzel, the league’s s ...

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07/22/13
FS1, ESPN take turns counterprogramming

Fox hired popular Canadian sports hosts Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole to host an 11 p.m. news and highlights show on FS1 called “Fox Sports Live.” ESPN responded by bringing back one of its most popular “SportsCenter” anchors, Keith Olbermann, to host an 11 p.m. show on ...

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07/22/13
NFL Net retools after staff departures

NFL Network lost around 12 percent of its production staff in recent months, as around 15 full-time staffers bolted for Fox Sports 1, which is based just two miles away in Los Angeles. Another 10 to 15 permanent free-lancers also left for the soon-to-launch channel. “In the last four mon ...

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