Last month the New York Yankees led a group that purchased the YES Network from Walt Disney for $3.47 billion, leaving Disney with 21 regional sports networks to sell.
Maddie Berg reported in March that the Big3 bid was heavily leveraged, consisting of far more debt than equity. So coming up with more money might be problematic for Ice Cube. But Malone could easily come up with more cash. Barron's reported, "he (Malone) remains the instrumental force behind 10 companies under the Liberty umbrella that have a combined market value of $80 billion."
But as things stand right now, the total price for the 22 RSNs would be $13.47 billion. The combined valuation for the 22 RSNs was originally expected to be some $20 billion but valuation multiples for RSNs have fallen in recent years because of cord-cutting, writes Mike Ozanian at Forbes.