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Eric Fisher covers baseball and digital media for SportsBusiness Journal/Daily.

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Time Inc. Opts To Reject Takeover Offers, Retaining Assets

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 04 / 28 / 17

SI parent Time Inc. said this morning it is not selling company assets, rejecting various takeover offers, and instead will “continue to pursue its strategic plan” under President & CEO Rich Battista . Time Inc., like many legacy publishers, has been struggling in recent years with ...

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SportsBusiness Daily: MLB Still Seeks Streaming Deals

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04/04/16
SportsBusiness Journal: Forty Under 40: Russ D’Souza

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04/04/16
SportsBusiness Journal: Forty Under 40: Ken Babby

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SportsBusiness Daily: MASN Dispute Headed To Private Mediation

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SportsBusiness Daily: Peter King Signs To Stay With SI, The MMQB

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