The news from Viacom comes one month after the company announcedfor SportsLine, an online sports news company. On Monday, the media giant said it would pay $1.75 per share for the roughly 26.6 million shares in SportsLine that it does not already control.
SportsLine is known to have been, as it has been losing money and owed payments to Viacom, which runs a co-branded site with SportsLine.
In early July, SportsLine reported that Viacom had offered $1.50 for each SportsLine share not owned by Viacom. At the same time, though, Viacom also indicated that it would adjust its offer based on SportsLine's closing stock prices in the week after it announced its intention to buy the company. The merger is expected to be complete by the end of 2004.
Viacom has been SportsLine's largest customer for a number of years. The sports content company publishes the CBS SportsLine site for the. In addition to providing sports news and related content, SportsLine has also maintained CBS' fantasy sports Web sites, an and potentially lucrative online media niche. Last year, SportsLine to use the search giant's technology and sponsored advertising links on its Web sites.
"This is a great opportunity for Viacom and CBS," Leslie Moonves, co-president at Viacom, said in a statement. "We've enjoyed a collaborative relationship with SportsLine dating back to 1997, and this acquisition complements our strategy of expanding Viacom's presence in what has become the fastest-growing advertising sector."