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MSG Network To Retain Sabres Rights Via Longterm Extension

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 06 / 20 / 16

MSG Networks signed a long-term extension to keep the rights to Sabres games. Sources said the Sabres more than doubled the average annual value of its media deal, which the Buffalo News has reported is worth close to $10M plus ad revenue next season. The '16-17 season is the final year of the curre...

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