Sources say the still-uncompleted deal between Ticketmaster, Cablevision/Madison Square Garden Entertainment, and AEG Live has hit a snag but is still in play.

The deal, which would combine the considerable assets of the world's largest ticketing company, the massive footprint of Cablevision (including the top grossing arena in the world in MSG), and the second largest promoter in the world in AEG, was believed to be near completion as recently as last week.

Sources say the deal initially was set as Ticketmaster and its largest stakeholder IAC, and Cablevision buying in for a combined 49% (15% for the former, 34% for the latter) of AEG Live, which is a division of Anshutz Entertainment Group. But the complicated negotiations, with many interests at stake, have apparently been stalled -- but not scrapped. According to sources, parts of the deal may get done -- and announced -- before other parts.

The potential deal has a wealth of moving parts, including AEG's many venues and tours, Ticketmaster's association with IAC, its digital presence, and de facto alliance with Irving Azoff's Front Line Management; and Cablevision/MSGE's Garden, WaMu Theatre, Beacon, and Chicago Theatre venue properties, successful live productions, and the key Fuse TV factor (Billboard, March 8).

Stay tuned to billboard.biz for more details on this unfolding story.