For Chuck Dolan, Cablevision's septuagenarian chairman, and son James Dolan, 1997 has been a busy year of dealmaking
June: Cablevision acquires 820,000 tci subscribers in the New York area, achieving a cable monopoly on Long Island. TCI becomes Cablevision's largest single shareholder, though the Dolans still control the voting stock. TCI's John Malone and Leo Hindery will join Cablevision's board.
June: In an $850 million deal, Cablevision folds its regional sports channels into Fox Sports Net. Cablevision has a 40% stake in the ESPN challenger, in partnership with News Corp. and TCI's Liberty Media unit.
October: Cablevision jump-starts its cable-modem efforts in a deal with At Home, a high-speed Internet service partnership of TCI, Comcast, and Cox. Cablevision gets warrants for about 10% of publicly traded At Home for $5.5 million; that stake already has a market value of $318 million.
Updated Oct. 9, 1997 by bwwebmaster
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