Washington, D.C. 20549



Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): May 10, 2012

The New York Times Company

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)


New York   1-5837   13-1102020

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)



File Number)


(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)


620 Eighth Avenue, New York, New York           10018
(Address of principal executive offices)         (Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (212) 556-1234

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Item 8.01.        Other Events.

The New York Times Company (the “Company”) has sold its remaining 210 Class B units of Fenway Sports Group (“FSG”) to multiple buyers in transactions that were completed on May 10 and 11, 2012. The Company received an aggregate of $63 million in cash and will recognize an estimated pre-tax gain of approximately $38 million in the second quarter of 2012.

FSG owns the Boston Red Sox baseball club; Liverpool Football Club (a soccer team in the English Premier League); approximately 80% of New England Sports Network (a regional cable sports network); and 50% of Roush Fenway Racing (a leading NASCAR team).

Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters discussed in this report are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those predicted by such forward-looking statements. They include risks detailed from time to time in the Company’s publicly filed documents, including the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 25, 2011. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.


Date: May 11, 2012     By:   /s/ Kenneth A. Richieri                
      Kenneth A. Richieri


Senior Vice President and

General Counsel