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Sprint-T-Mobile merger questions: Will regulators OK it? And, Legere as CEO?

Matt Hamblen | June 6, 2014
With reports out this week that Sprint and T-Mobile US are planning to announce a $32 billion merger this summer, two big questions linger: Would federal regulators approve the deal? And would T-Mobile CEO John Legere run the combined company?

If that's so, and Legere gets the nod should the deal be approved, it's likely Legere would continue to push his outlandish behavior at press conferences, and probably continue the aggressive pricing and service deals.

"John Legere is a very, very smart man, and he says things in public for shock value and for differentiation from his competitors," Entner said. "Whatever Legere does is fully thought through and very calculated."

Some analysts joked that if Legere is made CEO of a combined Sprint-T-Mobile, the FCC would need to reduce the number of profane words that can't be spoken during public broadcasts.

Indeed, it's hard to imagine two executives more different from Legere than Sprint's Hesse and Softbank's Son.

Son would likely be Legere's boss under a merger.

"That would be fun, wouldn't it?" Menezes said. "Legere and Son could be like Billy Martin and George Steinbrenner of baseball fame, with potential for lots of wins and lots of drama."

 

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