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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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OUTDOOR LIFE AND SPEEDVISION REACH DEAL WITH TCI

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05/21/97
BARRY DILLER DEALS WITH PAUL ALLEN ON TICKETMASTER STAKE

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05/20/97
CLASSIC SPORTS NETWORK TO ANNOUNCE EXTENSIONS WITH LEAGUES

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Tags: MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, Media

05/20/97
MEDIA NOTES

Among weekend TV sports ratings: In N.Y., Sunday''s Knicks-Heat Game Seven posted a 17.6/35. Overall, in 37 markets, the rating was a 10.6 (NEWSDAY, 5/20). In Miami, the game earned a 21.7, besting th

Tags: ABC, Boston Red Sox, Cablevision, GTE, Miami Heat, New York Knicks, News Corp./Fox, PGA Tour, Media, Walt Disney

05/19/97
FOX ALTERS FOXTRAX FOR RANGERS-FLYERS PLAYOFF GAME

Fox Sports "turned out the lights" on its glowing hockey puck during Sunday''s Rangers-Flyers game at the CoreStates Center, according to USA TODAY''s Michael Hiestand. Fox kept the on-screen "''comet

Tags: Comcast-Spectacor, News Corp./Fox, NHL, Philadelphia Flyers, Media

05/19/97
MEDIA NOTES

Bengals coach Bruce Coslet signed a three-year deal with Cincinnati''s WCPO-TV for an exclusive series of team- related programs, beginning with a one-hour special during training camp (Bengals)....Sp

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05/19/97
PUBLISHING NOTES: TOP CANDIDATES FOR ESPN MAGAZINE EDITOR

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Tags: ESPN, New York Yankees, Sports Illustrated, Media, Walt Disney, YankeeNets

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05/16/97
MEDIA NOTES

USA TODAY''s Rudy Martzke notes TNT''s 3.1 NBA playoff rating is up 7% from last year, while NBC''s 6.1 is off 14% from its all-time high of 7.1 in ''96. Meanwhile, Fox has seen a 20% drop in NHL play

Tags: ABC, Cablevision, NBA, NBC, New York Liberty, News Corp./Fox, NHL, Media, TBS/TNT, USA Networks, Walt Disney, WNBA

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OFF TO PIMLICO AS PREAKNESS RATINGS LOOK TO REGAIN LUSTER

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