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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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09/03/07
Season on the brink: How Darling rode out MASN’s wild launch

Sitting in a trendy TriBeCa café on an unseasonably cool August morning, Emmy-winning sports analyst Ron Darling poked at his oatmeal as he recounted his year broadcasting Washington Nationals games in 2005 — the most chaotic year of his life. I asked Darling to brunch partly becaus ...

09/03/07
45-second rule won’t apply to all

The NFL is exempting its TV rights holders from the league’s controversial rule prohibiting media outlets from posting more than 45 seconds a day of online video involving team personnel shot at team facilities. League executives and industry sources said that as soon as this week, a new structu ...

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08/27/07
Comcast close on Canucks deal for Portland net

Portland is nearly 300 miles away from Vancouver, and in another country, but that hasn’t stopped Comcast from seeking to land cable television rights to the NHL’s Canucks for its regional sports network set to launch in Portland this fall. Comcast’s ne ...

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08/27/07
NFL Network will add 2 new shows to evening lineup

NFL Network plans to launch two daily news and opinion shows Sept. 4 in what is a step to develop more topical original programming that does not rely on the network’s extensive NFL Films library. The two 30-minute shows, one on college football and one that emulat ...

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08/27/07
CSTV to televise SEC show before CBS game broadcasts

CBS is further cementing its relationship with the Southeastern Conference by having its digital sports channel, CSTV, roll out a pregame show devoted to SEC football this year. CSTV has signed Chick-fil-A as the title sponsor of “Chick-fil-A SEC Football Tailgate,” which CSTV will tele ...

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08/27/07
Bon Jovi takes lead for MLB playoffs on TBS

TBS is relying on rock ’n’ roll veterans to help it promote its first year of postseason baseball coverage. A little more than one month before MLB’s postseason begins, the network is rolling out a 2 1/2-minute spot with Bon Jovi singing “I Love This Town,” a song from the band’s 2007 a ...

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08/27/07
Deal would allow Slingbox to share NFL highlights

The NFL is nearing a deal with Sling Media Inc. to become the latest partner for the Clip+Sling video-sharing service, according to well-placed industry sources, giving the upstart technology firm a second major sports partner and a massive overall boost in exposure. The NFL agreement would foll ...

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08/20/07
DirecTV plans interactive programming

For the second consecutive year, DirecTV is rolling out an interactive service around the U.S. Open Tennis Championships’ first week and has signed Chrysler as a sponsor. As part of the deal, Chrysler will have an interactive ad on the screen. When a viewer clicks on an on-screen Chrysler l ...

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08/20/07
Flat MLS ratings not what ESPN expected

When ESPN soccer analyst Tommy Smyth got out of a taxi at Washington, D.C.’s RFK Stadium before the recent Los Angeles Galaxy-D.C. United game, he immediately sensed an excitement that he hadn’t seen before at a Major League Soccer match. Despite little playing time, Davi ...

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08/20/07
Plot thickens on possible SEC network

Lincoln Financial Sports, which holds the Southeastern Conference’s syndicated TV rights through 2008-09, has emerged as a potential partner if the SEC decides to move forward with its own network. Lincoln’s role as a minority partner has raised speculation that the conference might launch a ne ...

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