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Anschutz feeling acquisitive

PHIL ’ER UP: As he cleans house at AEG, Phil Anschutz is prepping a fresh acquisition strategy for the company, the N.Y. Post reports. The 73-year-old billionaire and his new senior team are huddling to finalize a strategy on how best to grow AEG at home and abroad—a plan, sources told Claire Atkinson, that could include the possible purchase of Live Nation’s Foxwoods Theatre in N.Y.’s Times Square. “They have big international expansion plans for venues and ticketing,” said one executive involved in the process. As the story points out, AEG has been trying to take on Ticketmaster with its own ticketing platform, called AXS. The company is looking at additional N.Y. concert venues and theaters and similar assets as far afield as Australia and China. Said another source: “There’s a lot of things they want to do, it’s not just about bringing an [NFL] team to Los Angeles. It’s partly about that, but there’s a ton of other things they want to buy.” (3/20a)

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