Acquisition via Merger
Host Communications, Inc. (HOST) is a sports marketing and association management company that was the primary marketer for the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Its annual revenues exceeded $46 million. HOST also held a 34% interest in its affiliate, Universal Sports America, Inc. ("USA"), a successor to a number of businesses formed to operate and market grass-roots participation events. USA's annual revenues exceeded $62 million.
Bull Run Corporation, a publicly traded company, through a corporate reorganization and a series of subsidiary mergers acquired HOST, USA and Capital Sports Properties for consideration of cash and common stock in the approximate amount of $158 million. See Form S-4 Registration Statement, as amended, for B.R. Holding, Inc. filed on August 9, 1999.
The firm's experience as sports marketing counsel for HOST and USA brought inherent knowledge of the niche industry to the deal.