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Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 09 / 17 / 14

15,256  – Size of the "raucous crowd" for last night's Sounders-Union U.S. Open Cup title game at PPL Park. The Sounders won 3-1 ( PHILADELPHIAUNION.com, 9/17 ).

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09/18/13
CVC Capital Plans Joint IMG Bid

F1 commercial rights holder CVC Capital has "joined forces" with Mumtalakat Holding Co., which is owned by the Kingdom of Bahrain, to "bid for IMG," according to Mark Kleinman of SKY NEWS. A source said that CVC would "form a consortium in which it would hold a 60% stake in IMG, while Mumtalakat and ...

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09/16/13
KKR, New Mountain Pursuing IMG

Private equity firm KKR "has teamed up with New Mountain Capital LLC to bid for IMG," according to sources cited by Roumeliotis, Kim & Damouni of REUTERS. Sources said that KKR and New Mountain "would be competing for IMG" against talent firms CAA and William Morris Endeavor. While KKR "may not ...

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09/11/13
Nike Added To Dow Jones Industrial Average

The addition of Nike to the Dow Jones Industrial Average is "a testament to the company’s ability to shrug off hard times and transcend its U.S. origins," according to Matt Townsend of BLOOMBERG NEWS. Nike "will join the 30-member gauge when the market opens on Sept. 23," along with Goldman Sa ...

Tags: Nike, Finance, Under Armour

09/11/13
Aramark Files For IPO To Pay Off Debt

Aramark has filed for an IPO for up to $100M in stock as the food-services company "looks to pay down debt," according to Michael Calia of the WALL STREET JOURNAL. It will be Aramark's third IPO. Aramark Chair Joseph Neubauer "led a buyout in 1984 to fight off a hostile takeover," and later "helped ...

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09/10/13
ScoreBig.com Closes $10M Round Of Financing

Discount ticket-seller ScoreBig.com has closed a $10M Series C round of financing led by Checketts Partners Investment Fund (CPIF), which is run by Legends Hospitality Management CEO Dave Checketts. ScoreBig.com also has brought on long-time company advisor and former Ticketmaster exec David Goldber ...

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08/19/13
Hillerich & Bradsby Obtains New Credit Line

Louisville Slugger parent company Hillerich & Bradsby said that it obtained a roughly $40M credit facility "from Wells Fargo on Aug. 2 after running into problems with its existing lender," according to Emily Glazer of the WALL STREET JOURNAL. The company is "trying to rebound from a series of m ...

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08/08/13
Time Warner's Q2 TV Revenues Rise

Time Warner reported Q2 results yesterday, and the company's TV network revenue rose 6.8% to $3.84B, "boosted by an 11% increase in ad revenue," while operating profit rose 31% to $1.27B, according to Sharma & Chaudhuri of the WALL STREET JOURNAL. TNT "benefited from strong viewership of the NBA ...

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08/07/13
ESPN Boosts Disney's Q3 Earnings

Disney reported its Q3 results yesterday, and while marketing costs for the film "The Long Ranger" "held back quarterly profits at the company," higher advertising fees at ESPN "helped lift earnings above analyst expectations," according to Matthew Garrahan of the FINANCIAL TIMES. Higher affiliate f ...

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07/31/13
SMI Sees Revenue Decline During Q2

Rain during NASCAR weekends in Sonoma and Charlotte combined with the weak economy triggered a decrease in ticket sales and a decline in Q2 revenue at Speedway Motorsports Inc. Revenue fell to $176.8M, a 2.3% decrease from the same period last year. Most of the decrease stemmed from diminishing tick ...

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07/31/13
Better Stock Buy: Nike Or UA?

If you "simply evaluated" Nike and Under Armour based on the recent quarterly results and future growth opportunity, the conclusion of which is currently a better stock buy "is a very easy answer: It's Under Armour," according to CNBC's Jim Cramer. UA reported "incredible results" as gross ...

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