Sky & BT Retain Premier League Soccer Rights As Auction Continues With Multiple Bidders

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It’s game day for the battle for the UK rights to Premier League soccer as Sky and BT have both retained a number of packages. However, the auction is still ongoing with two of the seven packages still yet to be decided, leaving open the possibility of a bid from one of the digital giants such as Amazon. Multiple bidders are understood to still be in the process.
Telco BT has won one package of games, while Sky has so far signed up four of the seven packages, meaning that…

English Premier League Rights’ Battle Heats Up Ahead Of Auction Kick Off

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The battle for the UK rights to the Premier League soccer league is heating up with the auction expected to kick off next week.
21st Century Fox-backed European pay platform Sky and telecoms company BT are facing fresh competition from a raft of digital firms such as Amazon, Facebook and Twitter. Deadline understands that there are over ten companies in the bidding process that have already held conversations with Premier League executives.
However, BT, one of the largest…

British Telco BT Pays $1.45 Billion for European Soccer Rights

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British telco BT’s pay-TV sports service, BT Sport, has secured the exclusive U.K. rights to soccer matches from UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League until the end of the 2020/21 season. The deal with UEFA, European soccer’s governing body, is worth around £394 million ($483 million) a year, and extends the existing pact with… Read more »

Phone Companies and Content Providers Have Already Begun Hooking Up in Europe

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The $85-billion merger between AT&T and Time Warner is making waves across the U.S., from Hollywood to Wall Street to Washington. But in Europe, the strategy isn’t a new one: Telephone companies and content providers have already begun hooking up — if not yet on the scale of AT&T and Time Warner — as the two sectors… Read more »