About The Author

John Ourand

Staff writer John Ourand covers television and media.

Featured Story

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 ...

Read More

Tags: Colleges, Research and Ratings

More Stories by this Author

04/09/07
Going OT for Extra Innings

Waiting for the US Airways shuttle at Washington’s Ronald Reagan National Airport on Tuesday, March 27, senior MLB executives were doubtful that baseball could cut an Extra Innings deal with cable operators. DirecTV CEO Chase Carey testifies before a Senate committee ...

Tags: This Week's News

04/09/07
USL featured on 2nd Turner subscription site

Turner Sports’ broadband strategy will become clearer this week as the company launches a subscription-based Internet channel dedicated to streaming soccer matches from the United Soccer Leagues’ 12-team first division. The offering, USLlive.com, will mark the second such launch from Turne ...

Tags: This Week's News

04/09/07
NHL sales lukewarm for Versus

With the Stanley Cup playoffs starting in less than a week, Versus is finding the ad sales market to be sluggish, though it  expects sales to pick up as the playoffs begin. “We are living in an environment where clients and agencies continue to spend money closer and closer to the air date ...

Tags: This Week's News

04/02/07
ESPN re-signs The Sports Guy, adds TV

While looking to fill its editor-in-chief position and facing increasing competition from rival sports sites, ESPN.com has retained its most popular columnist, Bill Simmons, signing him to a multiyear contract. Simmons signed a four-year extension through 2010 ...

Tags: This Week's News

03/26/07
ESPN racks up big sales for MLS season

ESPN’s $64 million bet on Major League Soccer will start April 7 with a full-blown production that will feature more bells and whistles than the league has ever seen. The network also will enjoy more television advertising dollars than the league has ever produced. ESPN reports that it is 9 ...

Tags: Soccer, This Week's News

03/26/07
Battle still looms over Extra Innings

MLB’s Extra Innings out-of-market package not long ago existed as a lightly regarded piece of the sport’s broadcast platform. Now it stands at a key intersection in baseball’s relationship with its fans and congressional leaders, the fight for subscribers between cable and satellite, and the bl ...

Tags: In-Depth

03/26/07
MLB finds some supporters

Tim Brosnan was fuming. Major League Baseball’s executive vice president for business had just publicly skewered the cable industry and EchoStar’s Dish Network in front of more than 500 attendees at the IMG World Congress of Sports. It was the first time baseball attempted a serious public ...

Tags: IMG World Congress Of Sports

03/19/07
NBC Sports steers site toward broadband

A little more than six months after its launch, NBC Sports’ Web site is switching its focus to rely more on broadband content than original material. NBCSports.com relaunched in September. “The brilliant thing about the Internet is that it tells you in real time ...

Tags: This Week's News

03/19/07
ESPN still committed to original entertainment unit

ESPN’s original entertainment arm is considering launching a late-night comedy series and an animated series, though both programs are early in their development phase and wouldn’t make it to the screen until 2008 at the earliest. Gossip show “ESPN Hollywood” proved to be ...

Tags: In-Depth

03/19/07
YES Net interactive streamlined for 2007

Usage stats for last year’s interactive features for New York Yankees games on the YES Network were good enough for the network to roll it out again this year. But officials concluded that the best way to improve it was to keep it simple. The regional sports n ...

Tags: This Week's News

Video Powered By - Castfire CMS Powered By - Sitecore

Report a Bug