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Kids’ vacation viewing habits open this TV writer’s eyes

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 08 / 18 / 14

E very time I write about the threat of cord cutting, media executives tell me not to believe what my eyes are telling me. The execs roll out statistics that show people aren’t cutting the cord nearly as much as reporters are writing about ...

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Sponsors step up for Special Olympics

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06/09/14
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06/02/14
ESPN signs sponsors as Austin gets ready

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06/02/14
New event came from Augusta summit

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05/05/14
Dew Tour expanding to four events

The Dew Tour is expanding from three to four events in 2014, and in the process is going to New York City for the first time. It will return to Ocean City, Md., (June 25-29) and Breckenridge, Colo., (Dec. 11-14) but drop two-time host San Francisco in favor of events for BMX and skateboarding in ...

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04/28/14
TPC to offer new fan amenities

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04/21/14
U.S. Open Experience grows at Pinehurst

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03/24/14
Industry looks for millennial recipe

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03/24/14
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World Congress: VIPs and Champions

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