Amazon, Disney, and DAZN are reportedly sniffing out the sale of BT Sport, the British broadcaster that holds rights to the Premier League, Champions League and Europa League.
The Daily Telegraph claims UK telecoms giant BT is exploring the partial sale of its sport television arm to focus on broadband.
It how since been confirmed by BT – in a statement which read, as per Sky News: “Further to media reports, BT can confirm the early discussions are being held with a number of select strategic partners, to explore ways to generate investment, strengthen our sports business, and help take it to the next stage in its growth. The discussions are confidential and may or may not lead to an outcome.”
Reports suggest BT have already held talks with Amazon, Disney, and DAZN about the sale – so we could see something like a Netflix subscription plan for United matches in the future, on top of the movies and series that are streaming currently on all major platforms…
Whether or not it carries any weight to the story remains to be seen, but an unnamed British broadcaster is also said to be tempted to move for BT Sport.
I feel that a lot was hanging on the European Super League broadcasting rights. Now everything has gone up in the air, the broadcasting firms are scrapping for what remains and BT Sport have been spending ridiculous money on broadcasting rights.
What does this mean for the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Paul Scholes and other former players who have turned to punditry? It remains to be seen but I’m sure a lot of them will be employed elsewhere pretty quickly.
That said, less Michael Owen on our screens can only be a good thing.