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John Ourand

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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11/19/07
Time Warner and Big Ten Net don’t see easy answer

Time Warner Cable and the Big Ten Network brought their negotiations out of the boardroom and into a public forum last week and wound up demonstrating just how far apart the two sides are. In short, Time Warner has no plans to launch the network in the next several months. After a sp ...

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11/12/07
Scouting report: RSN exec reviews the league networks

SportsBusiness Journal asked Joel Feld, NESN executive producer and vice president of programming and production, to watch the three league-owned networks over a weekend, from Nov. 2-5. Here are his thoughts on how NFL Network, NBA TV and NHL Network fared, as told to staff writer John ...

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11/12/07
Four bidding for U.S. Open cable rights

Four broadcasters have emerged to bid on the U.S. Open Tennis Championships’ cable rights starting in 2009, with two stepping up as serious bidders, according to media industry sources. ESPN, Versus, Tennis Channel and incumbent USA Network have talked with the U.S. Tennis Association a ...

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11/12/07
Turning away from sports tiers

Encouraged by the success Major League Baseball had in securing a launch on digital basic cable for its TV network in 2009, sports leagues now are aggressively looking to move away from cable’s sports tiers. Over the years, NFL Network had been the only league-owned network to dispar ...

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11/05/07
ESPN360.com loses Cravens to beRecruited

Less than three months after getting promoted to oversee the relaunch of ESPN’s broadband site ESPN360.com, Jeff Cravens has left the all-sports company to become president of a seven-year-old Web site. Three weeks ago, Cravens joined beRecruited.com, which was launched in 2000 for high school a ...

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11/05/07
NBA TV escaping sports tier

NBA TV is preparing to shift from Time Warner Cable’s sports tier to a more widely available digital basic package, a move that stands in sharp contrast to the ongoing disputes operators are having with channels such as NFL Network and Big Ten Network. NBA and Time Warner officials expe ...

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10/29/07
NFL Net looks to feds for help

The NFL Network is looking to federal regulators for help in ending its carriage dispute with the country’s largest cable operators. As part of a new political lobbying effort, the network wants the Federal Communications Commission to let a third-party arbitrator solve the four-year ca ...

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10/29/07
Comcast likely to be only carrier of Portland RSN at launch

When Comcast launches its newest regional sports network in Portland on Thursday there’s a good chance that it will be available only to Comcast subscribers. Just a week before the network’s planned launch, the RSN had failed to cut carriage deals with any other cable or satellite operator, and ...

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10/29/07
Turner execs like baseball broadband numbers

Turner Sports’ broadband baseball channel logged more than 1 million live video streams during TBS’s two-week playoff run, a figure that ensures that TBS Hot Corner will return next postseason. TBS has not made a decision about what broadband components it will offer during the regular ...

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10/22/07
NBC shops digital rights for Olympics

NBC Universal has started pitching cable and satellite operators as well as ad buyers on an Olympic package of digital rights around the Beijing Games that includes broadband, video-on-demand and mobile programming. Though negotiations are described as being in the early stages, the ...

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