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John Ourand

John Ourand

John Ourand has covered all things media for Sports Business Journal since 2006. Before then, he spent 12 years reporting on the media industry in the U.S. and Europe, reporting for International Cable magazine and serving as editor for such outlets as Cable World and CableFAX Daily. His journalism career started in 1990 as a reporter for a Washington Post-owned weekly newspaper based in Montgomery County, Md.

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NBC to shut down Olympic Channel in September

Daily / Friday, July 1, 2022
The Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA will shut down on Sept. 30. NBC has been notifying cable and satellite operators this morning that the five-year old channel will go dark in three months. “In order to best reach our target audiences, we are reevaluating our programming...

Apple looks to re-enter Big Ten media talks

Morning Buzz / Friday, July 1, 2022
Soon after the news about USC and UCLA joining the Big Ten broke, an Apple exec called the conference with a simple message: It wanted to reengage in media-rights talks. That call was emblematic of a chaotic day where media companies that had spent months finalizing how much they...

USFL back for second season, says Fox's Shanks

Morning Buzz / Monday, June 27, 2022
The USFL will come back for a second season and expand into more markets, Fox Sports CEO and Executive Producer Eric Shanks told SBJ in an exclusive interview. While it was generally expected that the spring football league would embark on a second season, this marks the...

Forty Under 40: Michael Bucklin

Weekly / Monday, June 27, 2022
During the early days of the pandemic, as the country closed offices and employees nationwide worked remotely, Brad Zager, Fox Sports’ president of production and operations, and Charlie Dixon, FS1’s executive vice president of content, started to develop a plan to keep their stations up and running....

Forty Under 40: Daniel Cohen

Weekly / Monday, June 27, 2022
When Octagon called on Daniel Cohen to launch a media rights consulting business close to five years ago, he resolved to approach the business differently than many of his rivals. “We’ve taken a traditional model of media rights consulting, accelerated it and adjusted it to...

Forty Under 40: Lyndsay Signor

Weekly / Monday, June 27, 2022
NBC Sports’ Lyndsay Signor was in the middle of what probably will be the busiest 12 months of her career. The executive who oversees marketing for NBC Sports’ biggest events and properties had just come out of the Summer Olympics in Tokyo and was weeks away from...

Forty Under 40: Kaitee Daley

Weekly / Monday, June 27, 2022
Look no further than ESPN’s TikTok presence to get a sense of Kaitee Daley’s importance to the company. With more than 24 million followers, ESPN has become a top three most followed-and-engaged brand on the social media site, its executives say. For Daley, who posted...

F1 renews with ESPN for U.S. media rights through 2025

Closing Bell / Friday, June 24, 2022
F1 has agreed to renew its rights deal with ESPN through 2025, sources told SBJ. The three-year deal still doesn’t have a signed contract, but the racing series told Amazon and Comcast executives on Friday that neither company's bid was going to be accepted. Sources say that ESPN has...