Disney tried to acquire the RSNs in a $10.6 billion deal it struck with 21st Century Fox in 2018 to buy many of its properties, inducing its film and television studios and several cable channels including FX and National Geographic. But the Department of Justice ruled that Disney would have to sell the sports networks because of concerns about it monopolizing the sports TV landscape — it already owns behemoth ESPN as well as ABC Sports.
". . . One of the reasons why this asset is so special is (because of) the people around it that built it in to what it is today and that are here to deliver on what it could be tomorrow as a part of the Sinclair family," he said.