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MLB Commissioner hopeful for Cuba game; owners to discuss netting

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Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred remains hopeful a big league team will play an exhibition game in Cuba during spring training. President Barack Obama announced in December his intention to restore diplomatic ties between the United States and Cuba, and embassies were re-established in July. “There are a variety of issues involved there, not all of which are wholly within baseball’s control,” Manfred said Tuesday at the general managers meetings. “Obviously, the federal government has some significant influence on…

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Charter nabs Bright House in latest pay-TV deal

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Charter buying Bright House for $10.4 billion is the latest big deal in the pay-TV industry. Companies want to merge as costs for channels like ESPN have shot up, while their video subscribers have dipped and online video providers like Netflix become more popular. Combining gives them more negotiating power against programmers such as The Walt Disney Co. Last year, Comcast said it was buying Time Warner Cable for $45 billion, and AT&T is purchasing DirecTV for $48.5 billion. Both…

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Charter Communications buying Bright House Networks

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Charter Communications Inc. is buying fellow cable operator Bright House Networks LLC in a deal valued at $10.4 billion. Charter is the fourth-largest cable operator in the U.S, while Bright House is the sixth biggest with customers in Florida, Alabama, Indiana, Michigan and California. The Bright House transaction would make the new company the second-largest U.S. cable operator. The deal comes as cable operators are scrambling to consolidate amid growing competition from non-cable programming suppliers such as Netflix. Charter had…

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