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NBA regular season sees ratings dropPublished in SportsBusiness Journal on 04 / 24 / 17
Stung by early competition from the presidential election, the NBA’s local TV ratings never recovered from a slow start, falling 14 percent during the 2016-17 regular season. Twenty teams saw their RSN ratings drop from last year, with 15 seeing double-digit declines. SportsBusine...
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Major League Soccer is negotiating to sell an equity stake in its media and marketing business, Soccer United Marketing, to Providence Equity Partners, according to several sources. The talks have been going on for several weeks and those close to the discussions say that Providence is interested in obtaining up to a 25 percent stake in SUM for $125 million to $150 million. Such a deal would value SUM at between $500 million and $600 million.