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Audience Analysis: ESPN Gets Strong Audience For Randy Moss "30 For 30" Documentary

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ESPN drew 2.17 million viewers for “Rand University” on Nov. 11, marking the net’s best documentary audience since the premiere of “The Book Of Manning” on Sept. 24, 2013 and eighth-best documentary audience since the “30 for 30” project began in ’09. ...

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12/19/13
WME CEOs Diving In At IMG

William Morris Endeavor co-CEOs Ari Emanuel and Patrick Whitesell were "spotted making the rounds Wednesday at IMG Models -- as well as at IMG-owned division Art + Commerce, which reps fashion fotogs Steven Meisel and Patrick Demarchelier, among others," according to the N.Y. POST's Page Six ( ...

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12/19/13
Industry Leaders Discuss IMG Sale

After the IMG sale to William Morris Endeavor was announced, a number of sports execs talked to Editor-at-Large Terry Lefton about what it means. The following are excerpts, and see our On The Ground blog for more. * Octagon President & CEO Rick Dudley : "The departure of key people is a con ...

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12/18/13
WME, Silver Lake Announce Acquisition Of IMG

William Morris Endeavor and Silver Lake Partners today announced the acquisition of IMG Worldwide from Forstmann Little & Co. Terms of the deal were not disclosed but sources valued the purchase at $2.4B. The deal immediately turns WME into a major player in sports by adding IMG's sports consult ...

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12/18/13
IMG Sale Comes With "Hefty Amount" Of Debt

The price paid by William Morris Endeavor and Silver Lake to purchase IMG "is far below" the $2.7B initially sought by Forstmann Little, and the deal "comes with a hefty amount of debt" in the neighborhood of $750M, according to Cynthia Littleton of VARIETY. But the acquisition is "transformative fo ...

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12/16/13
IMG Sales Process Enters Final Stage

The three final bidders for IMG submitted binding offers for the company on Friday, pushing the company's sales process into its final stage. Sources familiar with the process said Forstmann Little trustees and bankers with Evercore and Morgan Stanley are evaluating offers from three groups: CVC Cap ...

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12/13/13
Aramark's Shares Rise 13.5% Following IPO

Aramark's shares "rose" Thursday after the concessionaire earned $725M in its IPO, according to the AP. The company "priced 36.25 million shares at $20 per share, the low end of its expected range of $20 to $23." Shares rose $2.70, or 13.5%, to close at $22.70. Aramark "sold 28 million shares and pl ...

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11/25/13
Rant Sports Parent Closes $3M Round Of VC

Illinois-based Rant Media Network, parent company of open source sports journalism site Rant Sports, has closed on a $3M round of venture capital funding, led by Hudson Bay Capital and interClick co-Founders Barry Honig and Michael Brauser. The investor group has committed to supplying $5M in addit ...

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11/22/13
KKR Withdraws IMG Bid

KKR has withdrawn its bid to buy IMG, reducing the total number of bidders for the company to three. Sources familiar with the process said the three finalists are the Carlyle Group; a consortium led by CVC Capital Partners and former News Corp. exec Peter Chernin; and a joint bid from William Morri ...

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11/19/13
Bornstein, Shapiro Advising Competing Bids For IMG

NFL Network President & CEO Steve Bornstein is "playing a behind-the-scenes role in the auction of sports agency IMG by advising a bidders group headed by British money management firm CVC Capital Partners," according to Grover & Richwine of REUTERS. Sources said that Bornstein "would be a t ...

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11/13/13
CAA Out Of Hunt For IMG

CAA and its partner TPG "did not make the cut for the second round of bidding" for IMG, according to Cynthia Littleton of VARIETY. Sources said that IMG's "rivalry in the sports representation and marketing business with CAA may have played a part in the latter getting axed from the process." CAA an ...

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