Former Disney CEO Michael Eisner is interviewed by the Associated Press, and he reflects on the purchase of ESPN he led with the company. In 1995, Disney purchased CapCities/ABC for $19 billion, acquiring ABC and ESPN in the process.

In the interview, Eisner calls the deal “one of the best acquisitions maybe of that whole century.”

“We spent the $19 billion because we wanted ESPN,” he said in a recent interview centered on Tuesday’s release of his book, “Working Together: Why Great Partnerships Succeed.” “It wasn’t an accident, no.”

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