Dollop Coffee Company started as a small independent shop on Chicago’s North side in 2005, but has had a major growth spurt in the past 22 months. Dollop now has four locations from Evanston to the South Loop. The local chain, which serves Metropolis brand coffee, has attracted a loyal following of customers who appreciate its high-end Joe and laid-back atmosphere.
Although Time Warner Cable Inc. turned in underwhelming third-quarter earnings Thursday, a more fundamental problem continues to shadow the national cable provider’s prospects: the long wait for regulatory clearance of the company’s mega-merger with Comcast Corp. continues to drag on.
The NBA’s agreement with ESPN and Turner Sports to extend their media rights deal through the 2024-25 season comes as no surprise to those close to the association, but the astronomical terms of the nine-year mega-deal promises jarring changes from front offices to the family front room.
The nine-year, $24 billion contract, which will go into effect in the 2016-2017 season, will cost ESPN and Turner Sports a combined $2.6 billion dollars annually. This reflects a 180 percent increase from the $930 million dollar annual agreement signed in 2007.