May 2, 2019 - Economy

Report: Sinclair clinches deal for Disney's regional sports networks

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Sinclair Broadcasting has reached a $10 billion agreement to purchase 21 regional sports networks from Walt Disney Co., according to The Wall Street Journal, with a formal announcement coming as early as tomorrow.

Why it matters: The price is only about half of what was originally sought by Disney, which needed to sell the RSNs as a condition of its recent purchase of 21st Century Fox's entertainment assets. It's also is a huge boost to Sinclair, a right-wing local broadcaster that last year was blocked from buying Tribune Media after allegedly lying to the Federal Communications Commission.

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