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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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NFL warms to task at MetLife

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Mass transit touted as best option

The New York/New Jersey Super Bowl Host Committee is dubbing next month’s game the Mass Transit Super Bowl. Perhaps others, maybe those with a pro-vehicular angle, will dub it the Anti-Car Super Bowl. Either way, Feb. 2 is shaping up as a unique experiment for the NFL, with as many as 80 ...

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01/06/14
Fox, ESPN give their regards to Broadway

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Forecast: Blizzard of plans

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Examining NFL revenue streams

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