EPL Looking For More Money For Its US Media Rights
For almost nine years, the English Premier League, EPL, has been in the hands of NBC Sports, and they have had exclusive rights to all the soccer matches that air during the season. These matches have aired on NBCSN, NBC, and a variety of NBCU cable channels, and they have also been used to boost subscription numbers for their streaming services, starting with the recently shuttered NBC Sports Gold to now Peacock.
It’s about to get pretty interesting as NBC Sports’ grip on the EPL rights is set to expire after this season, and the executives from the English Premier League are seeking to make more money from its US media rights deal by increasing the asking price for those said rights.
It has been speculated that the price could get as high as $2 billion. Currently, NBC Sports pays $150 million per year to carry the league.
In addition to that, EPL executives will open the bids to other media properties seeking to get in on the action. This means that NBC Sports, even though they have held the rights all this time, will not get first dibs but instead be pooled in together with the other media companies that are interested in acquiring the rights.
NBC Sports parent company, Comcast, has been preparing for such a scenario by ensuring that it has the cash reserves to match their requests as they look to retain the rights deal. This has included letting go of the NHL rights earlier this year.
Other media companies interested in acquiring the EPL include CBS Sports, Turner Sports, and ESPN. Amazon and DAZN may also join in the fray.
Over the years, the EPL has proven to be a ratings draw within the US as soccer has become even more popular. Working to its advantage is that it has a comfortable conflict-free time slot as most of the games air in am during the weekends.
At this time, what is unknown is whether the executives will award the media rights to one entity or split them out to various ones, like how the American sporting leagues do with their rights?
(Bloomberg, Front Office Sports, World Soccer Talk)
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