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Indian Premier League Rights Tender Sets Stage For Fox Vs. Sony Battle

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 10 / 25 / 16

Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox is "squaring up to Sony Pictures in a battle for the media rights to Indian Premier League cricket in an auction that has also attracted interest from several Silicon Valley groups," according to Garrahan & Stacey of the FINANCIAL TIMES. The main broa...

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