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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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10/15/07
Putting a myth to bed?

Playoff baseball is an annual rite of autumn. So, too, is the widespread criticism about the late start and end times of MLB postseason games. With a numbing predictability, the arrival of the playoffs brings a torrent of complaints from newspaper columnists and other media pundit ...

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10/15/07
Strong ad sales for NBC’s ‘SNF’

In the middle of a buoyant scatter market, NBC Sports says its “Sunday Night Football” series is 90 percent sold, with some of the more high-profile games sold out. NBC is commanding up to $500,000 for some 30-second spots in its higher-profile games, representing double-digit increases from las ...

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10/15/07
Early talks focus on sponsored day game

Despite the volume of ratings data supporting the late start time of major sports events, MLB and Fox have held discussions this year about starting a World Series game in a late afternoon start time. The talks have focused on shifting Game 3 of the World Series, a Saturday in the cu ...

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10/15/07
How much is A-Rod worth to an RSN?

Executives with regional sports networks spent much of last week scratching their heads over powerful baseball agent Scott Boras’ claim that his client, Alex Rodriguez, could bring $500 million of value to an MLB club that also owns a stake in an RSN. R ...

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10/08/07
Will clubs back MSG’s digital-rights play?

MSG Chairman James Dolan is often viewed as an industry pariah, a notion no doubt burnished by his defeat last week in the Anucha Browne Sanders sexual harassment lawsuit. But surprisingly, the argument of Dolan, MSG and the New York Rangers — if not the methods — are garnering suppo ...

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10/08/07
MSG Network will roll ahead with ‘Hockey Night Live’

MSG Network is moving forward with its aggressive broadband plans this hockey season, even as its lawsuit questioning the NHL’s digital strategy moves through federal court. The New York area regional sports network is trying to replicate the success of the CBC’s “Hockey Night in Canada ...

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10/01/07
NHL set to roll out U.S. network

The launch of the NHL’s long-planned U.S. network is imminent, as carriage deals with the largest cable and satellite operators are virtually complete. A deal with cable operators would place the NHL Network on sports tiers, according to cable executives close to the negotiations. That ...

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10/01/07
FSN recommits to national shows

When Mike Feller left his job as Fox Sports Net’s vice president of programming earlier this summer, it seemed that FSN was going to ditch its national nonevent programming for good. The final two national shows left on FSN’s schedule were the documentary series “Beyond the Glory,” whic ...

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10/01/07
After 10 years of growth, Comcast looking for more RSNs

Ten years ago this week, Comcast launched its first regional sports network from a suite of cramped trailers in Philadelphia. Today, Comcast owns and operates RSNs in 11 markets, representing about 40 million homes, and it is in the market to buy or launch several more. The nation’s ...

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09/24/07
ESPN, MLB spar again

ESPN and Major League Baseball are having their second major skirmish in just two months, a fight that could see the league restrict the network’s access to postseason games and that further shows a deteriorating relationship between baseball and one of its biggest media partners. Th ...

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