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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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08/20/07
HBO, Showtime plan strong boxing lineups

Premium cable channels HBO and Showtime are breathing new life into the sweet science, with each channel rolling out fall boxing schedules that they call their strongest in decades. Showtime has scheduled boxing matches five out of six Saturdays from Sept. 1 thr ...

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08/20/07
CBS reports ad inventory nearly sold out for U.S. Open

U.S. tennis may not be producing many stars these days, but it is showing surprising strength on television and in the advertising community. CBS is reporting strong ad sales for the U.S. Open Tennis Championships, which begin next Monday. Inventory is nearly sold out, with only a handful o ...

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08/13/07
New ESPN.com boss to reduce opinion pieces, but increase video

When Rob King changed the design of ESPN.com’s home page July 27 — during his first week on the job as the site’s editor-in-chief — it looked like major changes were about to hit the sports world’s most popular Web destination. But King, a former newspaperman wh ...

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08/13/07
Broadband, mobile get the Ticket

DirecTV’s NFL Sunday Ticket programming will be available via broadband and mobile phones for the first time this season. DirecTV continues enhancing NFL Sunday Ticket. Subscribers to the package’s SuperFan service, Sunday Ticket’s highest and most-expensive l ...

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08/13/07
FSN Southwest keeps Mavericks

FSN Southwest  signed a multiyear  extension to keep the rights to the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks. The RSN confirmed the extension but would not comment further. The deal is thought to be for at least seven years, according to sources familiar with the talks. Recent NBA rights deals saw ...

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08/13/07
Kangaroo, DirecTV push stadium test to Seattle, Houston

DirecTV and Kangaroo Media have expanded their in-stadium test to four NFL teams this season, up from two last year. Handheld with Sunday Ticket is already in Washington and Miami. The service, which allows fans in the stadium to follow Sunday Ticket via a ...

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08/13/07
SNY finds sports on NYC streets

SportsNet New York is taking to the streets of New York City for its first original series, “Street Games,” which will debut Sept. 12. A Bronx stickball game and a bike messenger race are featured in the first episode. Described as “Wide World of Sports” meets ...

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08/06/07
Turner touts Hot Corner ahead of playoffs

Turner is launching a broadband channel exclusively on MLB.com that will be patterned after the TNT Overtime channel it runs on NBA.com. TBS Hot Corner will launch early next month, just before TBS’s first foray into postseason baseball. As part of a seven-year deal signed last summer, TBS ...

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08/06/07
NBC targets soft launch of Olympic site this week

NBC plans a soft launch of its nbcolympics.com site on Wednesday, one year before it starts its broadcasts from Beijing and marking NBC’s earliest launch for its Olympics Web site. “It’s a natural time for us to launch it,” said Mike McCarley, NBC’s vice president of strategic marketing, pr ...

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08/06/07
USOC zeros in on new net

The U.S. Olympic Committee is moving forward with its plans to launch a 24-hour network devoted to Olympic sports by next spring or summer, and has been talking with potential partners over the last six months. Though it has yet to secure a partner, USOC executiv ...

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