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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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07/09/07
Mehta will leave ESPN, sources say

Salil Mehta, one of ESPN’s highest-ranking executives, is leaving the company to take a senior position with NBC, multiple sources say. Mehta, who was executive vice president of ESPN Enterprises, appears set to take a senior executive role with NBC, where he wou ...

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06/25/07
Tennis Channel in line for another Slam

NBC and ESPN are close to renewing their contracts to broadcast Wimbledon through 2011, collectively paying up to $88 million, sources said, with The Tennis Channel, in a surprising development, gaining the rights to televise early-round matches starting next year as well. ...

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06/25/07
Networks, leagues battle perceptions in ratings dips

It has become the dominant story from today’s top sports events, garnering headlines and the focus of sports television and talk radio. It creates a trail of sound bites and spin and puts sports and network executives on the defensive, while giving fodder for the Chicken Littles of the wor ...

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06/11/07
Will Rally Rooster be something to crow about?

If the Rally Rooster becomes as popular for the Los Angeles Dodgers as the Rally Monkey has been for the Los Angeles Angels, you can credit — or blame — Fox Sports Net. The Rally Rooster is one part of a $350,000 marketing campaign the network has rolled out in ...

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06/11/07
Sales staff turnover hits YES Network

YES Network has seen significant turnover in its sales department over the past eight months, with more than half of its account executives — five in total — resigning since November. The departures come at a critical time for the New York-based regional sports network, with the Yankees s ...

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06/11/07
NBC, Versus Cup ratings do not runneth over

The Anaheim Ducks won one of the lowest-rated Stanley Cup Finals in history last week, with Versus and NBC posting alarmingly low viewership numbers. Viewer numbers for the first four games of the finals dropped 21 percent from the first four games of last year’s Stanley Cup finals. This y ...

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06/11/07
Joe Louis subject of HBO Sports documentary

HBO Sports has slated a documentary about the life of boxing great Joe Louis as its first offering of 2008. The program is scheduled to debut in February, HBO Sports President Ross Greenburg said. The Joe Louis documentary currently is in production, which is expected to end around October. ...

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06/04/07
HBO going back to camp, now with Chiefs

HBO Sports and NFL Films have settled on the Kansas City Chiefs as the subject of this year’s “Hard Knocks,” the first time in four years the training camp documentary series will be produced for HBO. Herm Edwards’ Kansas City team will be the stars of this season’s ...

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06/04/07
ESPN2 takes swing at MLB draft

ESPN2 is planning to telecast its first Major League Baseball draft Thursday, part of a programming initiative the network set up with MLB. The planned four-hour program is scheduled to run Thursday afternoon from 2 to 6 p.m. The network’s “Baseball Tonight” cast will telecast the event fr ...

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06/04/07
NBA near deal with TV partners

The NBA is close to wrapping up its negotiations with ABC/ESPN and Turner on a new eight-year media deal and could announce the new package during the NBA Finals or soon afterward, according to industry sources. The deals are not completed, but multiple executives close to the talks confir ...

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