American entertainers, LL Cool J and Ice Cube are collaborating to acquire a sports TV domination.
TMZ Sports has learned LL Cool J is now a part of a powerful group looking to bid on 22 regional sports channels, including the YES Network that Disney is being forced to sell off by the Justice Department.
Disney got the 22 stations as part of its $71 billion acquisition of 21st Century Fox. But, officials believe that since Disney is already the majority owner of ESPN, controlling the 22 sports stations would give them too much power in the sports TV landscape.
The 22 stations involved in the deal include everything from Fox Sports San Diego to Fox Sports Arizona, Fox Sports Detroit, Fox Sports Southwest and more.
However, the crown jewel is the YES Network — based in New York — they have the rights to broadcast Yankees games. Disney thinks YES alone is worth between $5 and $6 billion, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The deal for all 22 stations is expected to be anywhere from $15 to $25 billion.
Some of the potential bidders that have emerged are real heavy hitters — from private equity titans like Apollo Global Management and Blackstone Group to the Sinclair Broadcast Group.
Meanwhile, Ice Cube and LL ain’t exactly lightweights either — and they’ve got a powerful partner … billionaire Alex and Ani jewelry founder Carolyn Rafaelian.
The group is also in talks with other sports and cultural icons who are interested in participating in the bid.
Initial bids are due Nov. 8.
Maradona plans to remain as head coach of Dorados
Argentine football great Diego Maradona on Friday appeared to backtrack on plans to quit as head coach of Mexican second division side Dorados at the end of the season, Xinhua news agency reported.
Maradona said earlier this month that he was considering leaving because of alleged bias from referees towards opposition teams.
However, the 58-year-old changed his tone after Dorados’ 1-0 home victory over Cimarrones de Sonora in their Ascenso MX quarterfinal first leg.
“I have to talk to (team owner) Jorge Alberto Hank, because I have ideas for the next tournament for Dorados. I feel an attachment with the club and I’ll defend my players to the death,” he told reporters.
The result extended Dorados’ unbeaten run to 10 matches.
The 1986 World Cup winner took charge of Dorados in September, guiding them to last season’s playoffs following six wins in seven matches.
Michael Jordan praises Tiger Woods, says his Masters victory is greatest comeback
Michael Jordan says Tiger Woods’ Masters victory last weekend is the greatest comeback of all-time.
“He had to change his game; he had to change his perspective a little bit,” M.J. told The Athletic … “To me, it was the greatest comeback I’ve ever seen.”
“I never thought he’d get back physically.He didn’t think he’d get back physically. But he did it. No one expected him to be back the way he is now.”
M.J. added, “He’s probably the only person who believed he could get back. To me, that’s a major accomplishment. To me, it’s unbelievable.”
Legendary Sports Broadcaster, Chet Coppock dies from injuries sustained during ghastly auto crash
Chicago sports broadcasting icon, Chet Coppock has died April 6 car after the accident in South Carolina.
Known as ‘The Godfather of Sports, Coppock was seated in the passenger seat during the crash, according to Chicago’s ABC affiliate.
The driver, a woman only identified as a 50-year-old from Hammond, Indiana crossed over the media and struck another vehicle head on before colliding with a third vehicle.
The driver’s condition has not been publicized.
Following the crash, which took place near the South Carolina-Georgia border, Coppock was transported to Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, where he ultimately died on Wednesday.
According to his former wife Anna Marie Busalacchi, Coppock’s family was by his side.
Investigators are continuing to examine the circumstances surrounding the crash.
Coppock’s daughter Lyndsey announced her father’s death on Facebook.
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