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M&A Bingo: The Check's in The Mail

It's time to take M&A Bingo off the shelf and dust off our playing card to see how the consolidation patch is shaping up (for a recap of M&A Bingo's oddball rules, check out "Let's Play M&A Bingo.") This week, I'm adding a pair of privately-held companies that might be likely candidates to "explore strategic alternatives," market-speak for climbing on board the auction block. First on deck, is the once-ballyhooed sporting e-tailer MVP.com, backed by superstar trio John Elway, Michael Jordan, and Wayne Gretzky. The Web site boasted big backing from the likes of Benchmark Capital last December, but the online retailing space has *ahem* since taken a turn for the worse.

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eToys

     

MVP
MVP.com

 

KOOP
Dr.Koop

 

Napster
Napster.com

 
   

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