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A $1 Billion Deal, But Little Cheering


In Business This Week: CLOSING BELL

A $1 BILLION DEAL, BUT LITTLE CHEERING

Viacom delivered on Chairman Sumner Redstone's brash prediction that it would sell Madison Square Garden for $1 billion. On Aug. 28, it announced that Cablevision Systems and ITT would jointly plunk down $1.08 billion for the famed New York arena, with its sports teams and cable network. On Aug. 31, it sold a TV station to Fox for $200 million. But Viacom's good news was muted by continuing concern over its proposed merger with Blockbuster Entertainment, which some shareholders fear will dilute their holdings. Viacom's Class B stock didn't budge from about 33.

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