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Rupert Murdoch's Fox looks to buy several Sinclair TV stations in football markets

Rupert Murdoch's Fox looks to buy several Sinclair TV stations in football markets

Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox is close to scooping up a handful of television stations from Sinclair Broadcast Group, furthering Fox’s long-term goal to control more stations in sports markets, according to a person familiar with the talks.

Fox has designs on about eight to 10 stations, including in Seattle and Denver, which both have popular NFL teams.

Fox’s bid for the stations comes as Sinclair prepares to divest a number of TV stations to win the Federal Communications Commission’s approval of its $3.9-billion deal to buy Chicago-based television station group Tribune Media.

The planned acquisition of the Sinclair stations comes less than a month after Fox...

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