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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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Tags: Colleges, Research and Ratings

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07/22/13
Coplin leaving post with NHL

Charles Coplin has resigned as the NHL’s executive vice president of content, leaving the league less than three years after being hired away from the NFL, according to multiple sources. As part of an agreement that was still being negotiated at press time, Coplin is expected to remain with ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

07/15/13
FS1 carriage talks sticky a month out

A month before launching its much publicized all-sports network, Fox has yet to cut carriage deals with three of the country’s four biggest distributors, raising the possibility that its August launch of Fox Sports 1 will fall short of the 90 million homes the channel is expected to have. D ...

Tags: Media

07/15/13
Astros’ ratings plummet

Plagued by distribution problems and stuck with a team that has one of baseball’s worst records, CSN Houston is seeing MLB’s lowest local TV ratings in five years. The Houston Astros, in their first season on CSN Houston, are averaging a 0.43 rating and just 10,000 homes per ga ...

Tags: Media

07/15/13
NFL gets ‘Big Break’ on Golf Channel

Editor's note: This story is revised from the print edition. Golf Channel is partnering with the NFL for its next “Big Break” series, with six former NFL players competing in the 20th version of the show, which wrapped up filming last month at the Dorado Beach Resort in Puerto Ric ...

Tags: Media

07/15/13
Outside looks to viewers to supply video

Outside Television has revamped its website to operate less as a promotional vehicle for its channel and more as one where viewers can watch and share adventure-related video. Rob Faris, Outside’s senior vice president of programming and production, said the shift was made because, “W ...

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07/01/13
NHL Network on ice

Photo by: GETTY IMAGES Once the last Chicago Blackhawk had hoisted and kissed the Stanley Cup last Monday night, NBC wrapped up its broadcast and sent viewers to NBC Sports Network for its postgam ...

Tags: Media

07/01/13
MLB sponsors go big at All-Star Game

Chevrolet and new MLB partner T-Mobile will be the most aggressive sponsor activators around the four days of MLB All-Star Game activities in New York City. Festivities begin July 13 with the All-Star 5K & Fun Run in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, for which MLB is hoping for 10,000 runners. ...

Tags: Events and Attractions

06/17/13
ESPN near deal to keep Little League

ESPN is closing in on an eight-year extension with Little League Baseball that will continue a 50-year relationship that the youth sports organization began with ABC in 1963. The deal is not complete, but both sides have reached broad agreement on most terms that will see ESPN pick up all TV and ...

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06/17/13
NASCAR to open talks with ESPN, Turner

NASCAR opens its exclusive negotiating windows with ESPN and Turner next month, jump-starting a process that will cement the sport’s media relationships for the next decade. The networks will open talks July 1 and have 45 to 60 days to negotiate exclusively for the rights to 23 Sprint Cup r ...

Tags: Media

06/10/13
Houston numbers affect carriage battles

Surprising subscriber numbers out of Houston suggest that CSN Houston’s much-watched carriage impasse is not likely to be resolved any time soon and, in fact, could start to shift the national debate over the carriage of local sports channels. Industry sources say that DirecTV and AT&T ...

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