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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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06/06/11
SportsBusiness Journal: Wimbledon media rights drawing interest

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06/06/11
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06/02/11
SportsBusiness Daily: SI.com Gets Rights To Fredette Webisodes

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05/31/11
SportsBusiness Daily: Sources Disclose Order Of Olympic TV Bids

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05/30/11
SportsBusiness Journal: Who'll fill the rings?

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05/30/11
SportsBusiness Journal: Olympic Bidders

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05/26/11
SportsBusiness Daily: NBC's Schanzer Announces Retirement

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05/26/11
SportsBusiness Daily: Schanzer May Depart NBC Sports Group

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SportsBusiness Daily: Subway Sponsoring "The Boys In The Hall" Series

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