Premiership leaving Fox Soccer next season
NBC likely rights holder from 2013 to 2016
FOX have confirmed that they were unsuccessful in their bid to retain the English Premiership broadcasts for the next 3 seasons starting with the 2013/14 season. Next week, the English FA is expected to announce that NBC have won the rights to the Premiership with a $85mil. per year deal. While all the details are still unknown, here is what we know as of today: FOX/ESPN have placed a joint bid and have confirmed that they have been notified by the English FA that their bid was not successful. Two, NBC have placed a $85mil. bid. The bid amount is close to 4 times the amount FOX/ESPN paid for rights in the current 3-year cycle. It’s interesting to note that the English FA have not officially named NBC as the bid winners. It is still unknown if beINSports or IMG have put in bids for the rights. But based on the amount and the way the news was released, it is all but certain that starting next seasons, EPL fans will be tuning into the NBC family of channels to watch their favorite league.
Many questions remain and will likely remain until next summer. NBCSports network will undoubtedly be the main channel to carry the main matches. But how will NBC utilize their whole network to take care of overflow? Certainly the ComcastSports regional networks will play part in broadcasts. There is also Telemundo and mun2 spanish language networks at their disposal. CNBC, MSNBC and USA networks are available as well but are less likely to see EPL action in my opinion. Finally, online streaming and even possible sublicensing with other networks can not be ruled out. Stay tuned as I’ll do are best to keep you informed.