SBJ/March 31-April 6, 2014/In Depth

Select sports-related mergers and acquisitions since January 2013

TEAMS

Sacramento Kings
Seller: Maloof family
Buyer: Vivek Ranadivé
Price: $534 million
Note: Less than two weeks after buying controlling interest, the Ranadivé Group purchased another 7 percent share to bring the total to 72 percent ownership of the team.

New Jersey Devils
Seller: Jeff Vanderbeek
Buyer: Josh Harris and David Blitzer
Price: $320 million

Florida Panthers
Seller: Cliff Viner
Buyer: Vincent Viola
Price: $250 million

Phoenix Coyotes
Seller: NHL
Buyer: Ice Arizona Acquisitions Co., a group headed by George Gosbee and Anthony LeBlanc
Price: $170 million

Columbus Crew

Seller: Hunt Sports Group
Buyer: Precourt Sports Ventures
Price: $68 million

Colorado Rockies
Seller: Molson Coors sold its 14.5 percent stake in the franchise.
Buyer: Arizona developer Jay Stein
Note: Sale ends the equity ownership the brewer has held in the club since the team’s inception in 1991.

Chivas USA
Seller: Jorge Vergara and Angelica Fuentes
Buyer: MLS
Note: Published media reports listed the price of the sale, which closed in February, at $70 million. The league is actively looking to resell the club to a new ownership group.

OTHERS

IMG Worldwide*
Seller: Forstmann Little & Co.
Buyer: William Morris Endeavor Entertainment with private equity backer Silver Lake Partners
Price: $2.4 billion
Note: Auction was run by investment banks Evercore Partners and Morgan Stanley

Arbitron
Seller: Arbitron
Buyer: Nielsen Holdings
Price: $1.26 billion

Easton Baseball/Softball
Seller: Easton-Bell Sports
Buyer: Bauer Performance Sports
Price: $330 million

Outdoor Channel Holdings
Seller: Outdoor Channel Holdings
Buyer: Kroenke Sports & Entertainment
Price: $265 million

Harris Interactive
Seller: Harris Interactive
Buyer: Nielsen Holdings
Price: $116.6 million

Mervin Manufacturing
Seller: Quiksilver
Buyer: Extreme Holdings
Price: $58 million

Hawk Designs
Seller: Quiksilver
Buyer: Cherokee
Price: $19 million

Game On Sports
Seller: Game On Sports
Buyer: Lids Sports Group
Price: N/A

Digital Scout
Seller: Digital Scout
Buyer: PlayOn! Sports
Price: N/A

SportStream
Seller: SportStream (owned by Vulcan Capital and Trail Blazers Inc.)
Buyer: Facebook
Price: N/A

Sports Propaganda
Seller: Sports Propaganda
Buyer: That’s My Ticket
Price: N/A

Immagine & Sport
Seller: Immagine & Sport
Buyer: Repucom
Price: N/A

Nelligan Sports
Seller: Nelligan Sports
Buyer: Learfield Sports
Note: Providence Equity had acquired Learfield for more than $500 million in September 2013.

MERGERS

Omnicom Group and Publicis Groupe
Price: $35.1 billion
Note: The company will be called Publicis Omnicom Group

* Pending
Source: SportsBusiness Journal research

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