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Clippers' Ballmer Reportedly Declines Prime Ticket's Extension Offer, Wants OTT Network

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 08 / 28 / 15

Clippers Owner Steve Ballmer "has turned down" a $60M-a-year offer from FS Prime Ticket for local-TV rights and is instead "forging ahead with a plan to start his own over-the-top streaming network," according to Claire Atkinson of the N.Y. POST. Sources said that if he "follows through on the plan,...

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ESPN MAGAZINE REVIEWS: In L.A., Larry Stewart reviewed ESPN Magazine, writing that the photography and writing "are good," but that the magazine "is too big" and "too thick," with "far too many ads,"

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03/18/98
MEDIA NOTES

TV: ESPN Star Sports has signed an agreement with the Augusta National Country Club to broadcast the ''98 Masters Tournament in Asia. The deal gives ESPN Star Sports exclusive cable and satellite righ

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03/18/98
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The Red Sox have "killed" GM Dan Duquette''s new TV show on WBZ, "Boston Red Sox with Dan Duquette," which was supposed to begin airing in April on Sundays with WBZ sports anchor Bob Lobel as host, ac

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03/18/98
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03/18/98
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