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ESPN Hires Marysol Castro To Host "Premier Boxing Champions"

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 01 / 15

ESPN hired Marysol Castro to host “Premier Boxing Champions” and serve as a sideline reporter for the Little League World Series on ESPN. The former news anchor on N.Y.’s WPIX-CW will make her debut July 11 during ESPN’s launch of its "PBC" series. Castro also has had stint...

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11/02/11
SportsBusiness Daily: NBC Sports Network To Cover College Hockey

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10/31/11
SportsBusiness Journal: True cost of canceling games

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10/24/11
SportsBusiness Journal: Golf Channel still lacks DirecTV deal

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10/24/11
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