After the months-long bidding war for Outdoor Channel, it’s surprising to see news about it that doesn’t include a few dollar signs: The victor in the contest, Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, says today that it tapped Jim Liberatore to become its new CEO, succeeding Tom Hornish who will stay through a transition period. Liberatore was president of SportsTime Ohio since 2006, and before then was at Speed Channel, the Fox Sports/Sunshine Network and Madison Square Garden. ”Jim has an outstanding track record of building and growing successful cable network brands and we will benefit from his expertise, industry relationships and vision,” says KSA chief Jim Martin. Liberatore says that “the future is exceedingly bright for Outdoor Channel and I am confident we can continue to grow our leadership and influence in serving the nation’s outdoor enthusiast market.”

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