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Denver Nuggets owner buying Outdoor Network

Thursday - 3/14/2013, 1:36pm  ET

Denver Nuggets owner Stan Kroenke watches from a courtside seat as the Nuggets host the New York Knicks in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Denver, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

DENVER (AP) -- Denver Nuggets owner Stan Kroenke is adding the Outdoor Network to his sports empire.

Temecula, Calif.-based Outdoor Channel Holdings Inc. accepted an offer Wednesday from Kroenke Sports & Entertainment LLC to acquire all its outstanding stock for $8.75 per share.

Kroenke submitted a takeover bid for the hunting, fishing and shooting channel after the Outdoor Network already had agreed to a merger agreement with New York-based InterMedia Outdoors Holdings LLC. It controls the Sportsman Channel and publishes more than a dozen outdoor magazines.

Outdoor Channel says it terminated its InterMedia agreement before accepting Kroenke's offer.

Denver-based Kroenke also owns the Colorado Avalanche hockey team, Colorado Rapids soccer team, the Pepsi Center and a majority of the Arsenal, the English soccer club.

The deal's expected to close in the second quarter.


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