Wednesday, March 03, 2021

ESPN-FOX merger would anticipate the sports OTT business

If the Secretary of Commerce approves the merger, Disney would monopolize 7 of the 9 sports channels in the country. This concentration would promote the creation of more on demand platforms to bypass cable operators: a pay TV subscription will no longer be enough to watch sports.

Disney started 2021 with the award of 50% of the contract with the Argentine Football Association (AFA, in Spanish) for the broadcast rights of Professional Football League matches until 2030, an objective that was added to the approval of the ESPN merger (Disney) and FOX by the Secretary of Commerce.

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