John Ourand

Sports Media Weekly No. 157- John Ourand, Sports Business Journal & Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times

This week is an “on the fly” edition of Sports Media Weekly.

Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I had two guests for the entire show this week, one scheduled, the other joining us at the last minute.

John Ourand of Sports Business Journal was booked for the show while Joe Flint of the Los Angeles Times became our “fourth man in” after an exchange with Ken on Twitter.

We top off the show looking at the news yesterday of NBC Sports getting back into the business of televising NASCAR races beginning in 2015. ┬áThe panel saw this as a good move for NBC and a sad note for ESPN, which had been televising NASCAR events since the early 1980’s.

We shift to a column by John this week questioning whether we are at a time of a sports rights fees bubble and whether it will burst anytime soon.

The talk then took us into a discussion of the threat later tonight (as this is posted) of Time Warner Cable dropping CBS programming as the pair battle over carriage fees.

We wrap the show by looking at the move by Nate Silver from the New York Times to ESPN.

Sports Media Weekly No. 138- John Ourand, Sports Business Journal

The week after the Super Bowl usually brings a lull to the sports world. ┬áThat’s why we have an abbreviated edition of Sports Media Weekly this week.

Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I are joined by John Ourand, sports media reporter for Sports Business Journal.

We begin the show talking about the slower pace to sports after the Super Bowl and John’s experiences covering the game from New Orleans.

We then talk to John about his reporting on Fox Sports’ anticipated move to convert Speed into Fox Sports 1 and Fox Soccer into Fox Sports 2, and the strong base of programming Fox will have available when the new networks launch later this year.

Ken then discusses the debut of Gus Johnson as the new lead soccer voice for Fox during today’s Champions League match between Real Madrid and Manchester United. ┬áSurprisingly Ken, and those on Twitter, seem to think Johnson fared well in his new role.

We wrap the show talking about the piece in The Sherman Report that Jay Mariotti will once again perform some work for ESPN, and we look at the 2013 MLB schedule on Fox.

Sports Media Weekly Podcast #25- John Ourand, Sports Business Journal

Sports Media WeeklyWe’ve reached the 25th edition of the Sports Media Weekly Podcast.

Ken Fang at Fang’s Bites and I are joined for the entire show by John Ourand, sports media columnist for Sports Business Journal and Sports Business Daily.

We spend a good portion of the show wrapping up NBC’s coverage of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics and what lies ahead for the next round of bidding for the rights to the 2014 and 2016 Games.

John also shares with us his experience at ESPN The Weekend in Orlando, whether the NCAA will opt out of it’s agreement with CBS for the Men’s Basketball Tournament, and what we can expect from Fox and ESPN heading into the new baseball season.