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Consolidated total revenue increased 66% to $1,283 million as compared to the second quarter of 2019, with gains driven in large part by the Company's acquisition of 21 Regional Sports Networks (RSNs) and Fox College Sports in August 2019. Included in the quarter is a $124 million for accrued rebates to distributors based on minimum game guarantees.
Consolidated operating income increased 364% to $492 million.
Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA of $254 million increased 31% versus the second quarter of 2019.
Five million shares of common stock representing 6% of the Company's outstanding shares as of March 31, 2020, were repurchased during the second quarter. Year-to-date, through August 4, 2020, the Company has repurchased 19 million of its outstanding shares.
In July, the Company entered into multi-year content carriage agreements with Comcast for all Sinclair television stations and regional sports networks in Comcast’s cable television footprint, including the Marquee Sports Network and YES Network, as well as continued distribution of Tennis Channel.
In June, the Company announced that it will be launching a headline news service scheduled to premiere in early 2021 on the Company's CW and MYTV network affiliates, as well as on STIRR, Sinclair’s free ad-supported over-the-top streaming platform.
The following information was filed by Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc (SBGI) on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-Q Quarterly Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.
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