Slim, broadcasters take fight to soccer field

Last Updated: Sun, May 19, 2013 17:45 hrs

Mexicans often feel that billionaire Carlos Slim owns everything in their country, from telephones to chain stores, but his latest acquisitive foray is meeting resistance after touching a national passion: soccer.

Slim recently bought part of two of Mexico's first division soccer teams, setting up another showdown with television giants Televisa and TV Azteca. They are major players in the soccer field and are trying to push into Slim's telecommunications and Internet markets.

The owners of the 18 Mexican first division clubs are scheduled to meet Monday to decide whether one person or one company can own more than one first-division soccer team, and many see Slim as the target.

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