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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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05/21/07
Cable operators unlikely to move NFL Network

Though some of the biggest cable and satellite operators are considering moving NFL Network to a sports tier, it appears unlikely that any will follow Comcast’s lead in the wake of a recent New York State Supreme Court ruling. NFL Network appealed the decision from earlier this month that ...

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05/14/07
NHL’s out-of-market talks mirror baseball, without the rancor

Weeks after the cable and satellite industries completed a deal for baseball’s out-of-market package and planned MLB Channel, another sports league is involved in similar negotiations with the same companies. In this case, however, talks between the NHL and In Demand, DirecTV and EchoStar ...

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05/14/07
Networks get silent treatment at Cable Show

Chris Albrecht’s May 6 arrest in Las Vegas on charges of assault involving his girlfriend set the tone for the Cable Show, an industry convention that started the same day and in the same city where the altercation reportedly occurred involving the former HBO CEO. Comcast ...

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05/14/07
NFL Network’s games still on the bubble at Cox

Cox Communications has not decided whether it will carry the NFL Network ’s games this fall even though it carried them last year. Cox, which carries the network on its sports and information tier, signed a one-year deal last fall to carry the network’s eight-game schedule. Sources within the ...

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05/07/07
Open TV deal altered

CBS Sports and the U.S. Tennis Association quietly reworked their broadcast agreement around the U.S. Open late last year, resulting in a package that will pay America’s Grand Slam tennis championship a lower rights fee, but includes revenue sharing and commitments to broadcast other USTA tourn ...

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05/07/07
Seeing Eye to Eye

Sean McManus was in his element. Sitting in the front row of the control room at the CBS Broadcast House in Manhattan in early March, the head of CBS News and CBS Sports was the picture of calm. Tony Petitti With his top lieutenant, Tony Petitti, standing next to ...

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05/07/07
ESPN Deportes gets rights to Pan Am Games

ESPN Deportes has picked up the exclusive rights in the United States to Spanish-language broadcasts of this year’s Pan American Games, which are slated to begin in July. The games, however, haven’t found a U.S. broadcaster that is willing to take the Englis ...

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05/07/07
Is success for ESPN in the cards?

hen ESPN delivers its upfront sales presentation to national advertisers next week, it will revolve around a character called “Freeze,” who almost certainly will never be seen anywhere on ESPN’s on-air schedule. ESPN executives will have a slate of new programming to ...

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05/07/07
Sports Emmys crowd hails Johnson, Ohlmeyer

Turner Broadcasting’s Ernie Johnson left the stage of the 28th annual Sports Emmys last week to a standing ovation after taking home the night’s final award for outstanding studio host. The honor signified the most poignant moment of the evening, since Johnson was diagnosed with cancer last yea ...

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04/30/07
SEC will look to Big Ten Net for a signal

Now that the Big 12 Conference has decided against launching its own network — for now — all eyes are on the Southeastern Conference, which will see its media rights agreements with CBS, ESPN, FSN and Lincoln Financial expire after the 2008-09 season. But the SEC’s focus will be squarely on ...

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