Detroit Free Press: Scott Tainsky on potential bidders for Fox Sports Network
Fox Sports has been part of the Detroit media landscape for more than two decades. But Walt Disney Co.’s $71.3 billion purchase of Fox’s film and television assets, which became official on Wednesday and promises to reshape the country’s media landscape, has set off a series of dominoes that could impact who controls broadcasts of Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons games. As part of the sale, Disney must sell off the Fox Sports stations to satisfy anti-trust concerns, and several ownership groups are in the race to acquire the available assets.“It makes sense because you are bringing a lot of the properties under the same umbrella for efficiencies, but on the other hand there’s probably a reason why (Fox) is going in the opposite direction to get out of the production business,” Scott Tainsky, professor at Wayne State’s Mike Ilitch School of Business, said this week.
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