Wednesday, January 14, 2009
It's been awhile since we've had any news on ESPN's acquisition of the English Premier League, but Reuters is reporting that Disney is still interested in the Soccer league. And that....well that's really it at the moment....
LONDON, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Walt Disney Co's (DIS.N) ESPN TV network is interested in acquiring further sporting rights if it fits with its business, including for the English Premier League, a spokesman said on Wednesday.Well that's telling us a whole lot of nothing, isn't it? I'm almost positive that the EPL will be in ESPN's hands soon. I guess it's just a matter of when.
However, the spokesman declined to comment further on its immediate plans, following a report by the Bloomberg news agency that said ESPN planned to bid for some of the live rights.
Bloomberg said the most watched U.S. sports channel was considering bids for one or two of the six packages on offer, citing a person familiar with the plans, who declined to be identified because the bidding process had not started yet.
The FA Premier League sent out invitations last month to tender for the rights for 2010 to 2013.
"We are interested in all rights, including the Premier League, as long as they fit our business," the ESPN spokesman said. "But we don't have any comment on the Premier League despite press speculation about it."
ESPN says interested in English soccer rights (Reuters)