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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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09/24/07
Ad sales solid for Turner’s first MLB postseason

TBS’s inaugural foray into postseason baseball is benefiting from a robust fourth quarter ad market for sports and the potential for several big-market teams to enter the playoffs this year. The network’s postseason telecasts, which include all of the divisional series and the National ...

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09/24/07
Ad executives to watch

Roy Spence President, GSD&M Idea City He may have fewer responsibilities these days, but Spence is still the dean of creating ads, having built GSD&M into one of the most influential agencies in the business. Using his down-home Texan charm and wit, Spen ...

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09/17/07
Nets search preps for big names, games

ESPN will be in suburban Denver on Oct. 12 to telecast a high school football game between Cherry Creek and Grandview. Cherry Creek is a storied program, and the game will be instrumental in deciding which team will win the state’s Centennial League this year, but that’s not why ESPN ...

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09/17/07
Enhanced media coverage adds to perception

Andrea Kremer was wrapping up a touching on-air piece for ESPN about the relationship between an NFL player and one of his old coaches, a longtime mentor whom the player credits for keeping him on the straight and narrow. As the piece ended, ESPN’s executive vice president and execut ...

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09/17/07
Networks cite MLB changes for TV gains

Major League Baseball’s television partners did not sustain their blistering early-season ratings pace, but as the regular season winds down, each network is still crediting the league’s new contracts for delivering one of their more successful campaigns in recent memory. ESPN, which ...

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09/17/07
Fox brings FSN Ohio into Big Ten Net carriage fight

The Big Ten Network isn’t the only Fox-owned sports network that Time Warner Cable is negotiating for in Ohio. The MSO has not had a contract with FSN Ohio for the past several months, and Fox executives are trying to tie BTN carriage with an extension for the RSN, according to Fox and ...

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09/10/07
Versus wins a college bowl game

Versus has signed a deal to telecast its first college football bowl game in January with the all-star Hula Bowl. The Hula Bowl will be one of 20 college games on Versus’ schedule this season. ...

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09/10/07
Sirius to air Sporting News Radio programs

Sirius Satellite Radio signed a one-year deal with Sporting News Radio that will see four Sporting News shows hit the air, including “The Tony Bruno Show.” The programming launched on Sirius late last month, but the satellite radio provider is timing the formal announcement for this week, arou ...

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09/10/07
ESPN to ‘take some chances’ against NFL

DATE ESPN PROGRAMMING NBC Sept. 9: MLB (Cle-LAA) NYG-Dal Sept. 16 MLB (NY-Bos) SD-NE Sept. 23 MLB (teams TBD) Dal-Chi ...

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09/03/07
Head of officials schools broadcasters

You know you’re in a different type of meeting when a former NFL game official purposefully bounces a football off the back of a TV producer’s head. But that’s what happened in August during a presentation that Mike Pereira, the NFL’s current vice president of officials, gave to Fox ...

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