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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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08/06/07
Big Ten Net trying to regain Olympic sports as clock ticks

Just 3 1/2 weeks before its launch, the Big Ten Network is trying to get back the rights to its own Olympic sports. That’s because the Big Ten Conference licensed the rights to all of its Olympic sports to the CBS-owned college sports channel CSTV in 2003. That rights deal ends in June, at ...

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07/30/07
MSG Network production unit put to work

In an attempt to fill its summer schedule, which is lacking Major League Baseball games for the second consecutive season, MSG Network is branching into new businesses and increasingly focusing on boxing programming. The network produced the pay-per-view Roy Jones Jr. ...

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07/30/07
SEC courted over planned sports network

The Southeastern Conference has been approached by Comcast, Fox and several investment firms in the past few months looking to partner with the conference on a planned sports network, according to sources close to the SEC. The broad expanse of the SEC and its loyal fan ...

Tags: This Week's News

07/30/07
Look who’s talking: ESPN, NHL

The NHL and ESPN are in discussions about bringing the league’s games back to ESPN2 as soon as the 2008-09 season. Multiple sources described the conversations as preliminary. The two started talking the week of July 16 when the NHL approached ESPN about NBC’s nine-game regular-season sched ...

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07/30/07
NBC declares ‘Sunday night is football night’

A little more than one month before the start of the second season of “Sunday Night Football,” NBC is preparing to launch an ad campaign that will brand Sunday night as “football night.” In what easily could be interpreted as a direct challenge to “Monday Night ...

Tags: This Week's News

07/30/07
ESPN continues Web buying spree with rugby site

ESPN is continuing its Web site buying spree by picking up scrum.com, a 10-year-old site that covers professional and international rugby, sources said. An ESPN spokeswoman said the network has an existing relationship with scrum.com for shared content, but declined further comment. The sc ...

Tags: This Week's News

07/16/07
All-Stars outshine steroids’ shadow

MLB Commissioner Bud Selig last week showed a bit of sympathy for the writers who continue to hound him about his undetermined, or at least undisclosed, plans for what he’ll do when Barry Bonds breaks the sport’s all-time home run record. Barry Bonds got a long ovation, ...

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07/16/07
Faldo focuses on brand building

Nick Faldo beat Greg Norman in one of the most memorable golf classics ever: the 1996 Masters, where Norman’s collapse at Augusta will be remembered for the ages. One area in which Faldo fully admits that Norman has beaten him, though, is brand-building and off-the-course business — which is wh ...

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07/09/07
ESPN defends Big Ten lineup

ESPN recently inserted itself into the carriage dispute the Big Ten Network is having with cable operators, sending a form letter about three weeks ago to hundreds of cable operators to “clear up any possible misconceptions” about the selection of Big Ten football games. The letter, which ...

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07/09/07
Big Ten Net in a fight as launch nears

The three biggest cable operators will not carry the Big Ten Network when it launches on Aug. 30 unless the network agrees to be placed on a sports tier, something the network is unwilling to accept. A fourth major pay-TV operator says it will not bow to the network’s wishes to be placed o ...

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