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Sky might lose PL rights/AlJazeera to bid US rights?

Postby DCHeather » Wed Mar 21, 2012 6:47 am

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/footba ... amore.html?

Sky have held the majority of the domestic packages during all 20 years of the Premier League's existence but Scudamore said they were bound to abide by competition regulations - and that means selling to the highest bidder if all criteria are fulfilled.

Scudamore said: 'Loyalty counts in many senses. But, remember, our current arrangements - and I see no reason why our future arrangements won't have to be - are regulated, and are regulated heavily.

'Our packages are put out into the open market and we have to have an open tender for those packages.

'We have to sell to the highest compliant bidder.

'Whilst, of course, we have a huge regard and respect and Sky's made a fantastic impact on our business, ultimately whatever umbilical cord there might be as an ongoing, working, commercial relationship, that gets severed once that tender gets issued.


I don't think it would affect our domestic coverage if this happens, as I believe international bids are separate. But I suspect it may change who calls the game at the match.
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Re: Sky might lose Premier League rights

Postby SoCalJoe » Wed Mar 21, 2012 10:42 am

Without knowledge of the competition it's hard to imagine someone outbidding Sky. However, the NFL (similar in terms of fan popularity, tv ratings, etc.) had a major shake up 15-20 years that should keep Sky on their toes. Back then CBS, NBC, and ABC (for Monday Nights) seemingly had cornered the market. Fox came in and destroyed CBS' offer and changed the landscape of American television. Football on either side of the pond can be used as a launch for all other programming for the network. The management at clubs have to be hoping for some competition to drive up the contract. As for the announcers, if there was a switch, the big names (like Madden and Summerall back then) would probably follow.
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Re: Sky might lose Premier League rights

Postby nevzter » Wed Mar 21, 2012 5:35 pm

E...S...P...N

They could pose a threat.
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Re: Sky might lose Premier League rights

Postby SCFulhamFan » Wed Mar 21, 2012 6:18 pm

SoCalJoe wrote:Fox came in and destroyed CBS' offer and changed the landscape of American television.


Fox bid up for the World Cup, but I think this is even too rich for their and ESPN's blood
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Re: Sky might lose Premier League rights

Postby DCHeather » Wed Mar 21, 2012 7:56 pm

SoCalJoe wrote:Without knowledge of the competition it's hard to imagine someone outbidding Sky. However, the NFL (similar in terms of fan popularity, tv ratings, etc.) had a major shake up 15-20 years that should keep Sky on their toes. Back then CBS, NBC, and ABC (for Monday Nights) seemingly had cornered the market. Fox came in and destroyed CBS' offer and changed the landscape of American television. Football on either side of the pond can be used as a launch for all other programming for the network. The management at clubs have to be hoping for some competition to drive up the contract. As for the announcers, if there was a switch, the big names (like Madden and Summerall back then) would probably follow.



This was mentioned in the article:

Industry experts have speculated that Al Jazeera's financial clout, which has already seen the Middle East-based broadcaster wrest the French league rights from Canal Plus, could provide a serious threat to Sky.

Not sure how many channels they broadcast in the UK and how widely available it is...that may be a big minus for their bid. :think:
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Re: Sky might lose Premier League rights

Postby nevzter » Wed Mar 21, 2012 9:49 pm

DCHeather wrote:
SoCalJoe wrote:Without knowledge of the competition it's hard to imagine someone outbidding Sky. However, the NFL (similar in terms of fan popularity, tv ratings, etc.) had a major shake up 15-20 years that should keep Sky on their toes. Back then CBS, NBC, and ABC (for Monday Nights) seemingly had cornered the market. Fox came in and destroyed CBS' offer and changed the landscape of American television. Football on either side of the pond can be used as a launch for all other programming for the network. The management at clubs have to be hoping for some competition to drive up the contract. As for the announcers, if there was a switch, the big names (like Madden and Summerall back then) would probably follow.



This was mentioned in the article:

Industry experts have speculated that Al Jazeera's financial clout, which has already seen the Middle East-based broadcaster wrest the French league rights from Canal Plus, could provide a serious threat to Sky.

Not sure how many channels they broadcast in the UK and how widely available it is...that may be a big minus for their bid. :think:


:doh: No way. Unless they negotiate rights to existing networks how does AJ have the access to the world already established? I don't really care if they are the network as long as I can see Fulham.
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Re: Sky might lose Premier League rights

Postby DCHeather » Thu Mar 22, 2012 6:34 am

Al Jazeera, I believe, is broadcasted in many countries. Sky may lose the bidding process for the UK and Ireland. As far as I know it will not affect the US broadcasting scheme...except the feed will probably be different with different announcers. I hope it will not a repeat of the FA Cup broadcast between Fulham and Everton, where we had American announcers calling the game from a studio in the US. That was definite downgrade.
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Re: Sky might lose Premier League rights

Postby DCHeather » Sat Mar 24, 2012 7:58 am

http://www.epltalk.com/al-jazeera-sport ... urce-40175

La Liga Talk is reporting that Al Jazeera Sports Network has won the US TV rights to La Liga, beginning with the 2012-13 season, according to a source.

The shocking news means that GolTV’s flagship league will no longer be shown on the Miami-based network. Al Jazeera Sports Network’s acquisition of La Liga rights comes hot on the heels of similar acquisitions by Al Jazeera Sports Network worldwide including winning the bid to show Ligue 1 in France from 2012-13 through 2018-18, as well as the rights to show UEFA Champions League in France from 2012-2015.

The news of Al Jazeera Sports Network winning the rights will send shockwaves through the media networks in the United States and United Kingdom. The head of ESPN EMEA has already gone on record by saying that Al Jazeera could be a force to be reckoned with:

“We’re expecting another Premier League auction in April or May. An Al Jazeera bid is a realistic prospect.”

Whether Al Jazeera would also consider bidding for the US TV rights to the Premier League is unknown at this time, but it could create a bidding frenzy.

Question marks remain over the strategy for Al Jazeera Sports Network in the United States. For example, whether they’ll offer a separate English-language sports channel or provide an English-language audio feed in the United States and Canada.

Representatives from GolTV and Al Jazeera Sports Network were unable to be reached for immediate comment.

More details about the announcement can be found on sister site La Liga Talk.


Also, Serie A:

http://www.epltalk.com/al-jazeera-sport ... urce-40263

Serie A Talk is reporting that Al Jazeera Sports Network has won the US TV rights to Serie A, beginning with the 2012-13 season, according to a source.

This means that Al Jazeera Sports Network US has picked up TV rights for Serie A and La Liga beginning next season. It’s also understood that Al Jazeera has picked up rights to Ligue Un. FOX Soccer currently owns the US rights to Serie A, and will continue to broadcast Serie A games for the remainder of the season with commentators Christian Miles and Christopher Sullivan. When reached for a reaction to the news, a FOX Soccer spokesperson said “no comment.”

More details regarding the news can be found at Serie A Talk. However, the news is starting to send shockwaves through the US soccer community as fans begin to question what Al Jazeera’s plans are, where the games will be broadcast, and whether Al Jazeera plans on aggressively trying to acquire additional TV rights this year. According to a source, Al Jazeera Sports Network is “ready to spend, and spend big.”

Don’t forget that US TV rights for the Premier League for seasons 2013-2016 will be sold this year. FOX Soccer currently owns the rights, and sub-licenses select games to ESPN in the United States. If Al Jazeera Sports Network, which is owned by the Qatar royal family and has considerable riches, gets involved in the bidding, it’s quite conceivable that the bidding may skyrocket. Plus, Al Jazeera is rumored to be interested in bidding for the UK TV rights to Premier League coverage.

Al Jazeera Sports Network currently has a HD channel that airs in Arabic on DISH Network. With La Liga, Serie A and Ligue Un games often playing at similar times, Al Jazeera has several options to contemplate of how to broadcast games live. What their plans are, we don’t know as of yet, and until we find out more details, everything is up in the air. What we do know is that Al Jazeera has approximately six months to find a solution.

One option could be for Al Jazeera to acquire GolTV, which already has distribution on most major TV providers in the United States with Spanish and English channels. When reached for comment regarding rumors of a potential acquisition, neither GolTV nor Al Jazeera Sports Network has responded to EPL Talk’s requests for comment.

In the past six months, Al Jazeera has been on a spending spree, picking up Ligue Un rights in France as well as TV rights to UEFA Champions League in the same country. With the recent news of acquisitions in the United States for coverage of some of the top soccer leagues, Al Jazeera Sports Network is definitely one to look out for.


I really hope soccer on tv does not become only to dish network subscribers. :pray:
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Re: Sky might lose PL rights/AlJazeera to bid US rights?

Postby VegasJustin » Sat Mar 24, 2012 2:54 pm

This should mean that Directv picks up Al Jazeera which is good because their news shows are pretty damn good. If they don't pick up the channel then that would suck, especially if they won the EPL rights.

Damn, it's only the sports network. Still hope they add their news channel.
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Re: Sky might lose PL rights/AlJazeera to bid US rights?

Postby nevzter » Sat Mar 24, 2012 3:28 pm

WTF!!!! DirecTV better step up if this is the case. And I just paid 4.40 a gallon for the cheapest grade gas - so, hopefully, greed won't be a factor in the licensing rights for English soccer in the US... :think:

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Re: Sky might lose PL rights/AlJazeera to bid US rights?

Postby DCHeather » Sat Mar 24, 2012 4:09 pm

I think we're safe with the Premier League still being broadcasted on FSC, ESPN, and the odd game on FOX until summer of 2013. But I hope Al Jazeera will just buy out GolTV, so I can still catch the occasional Barca game when I feel like watching Messi destroy. Either that or soccer is going back to where only a few have access, satellite only is not going to grow the game in the States. Not everybody can get Directtv or Dish. :angry-banghead:
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Re: Sky might lose PL rights/AlJazeera to bid US rights?

Postby Clevelandmo » Sat Mar 24, 2012 4:24 pm

That Qatari royal family really likes their soccer dont they?

I must say I dont understand any of this. Why would AJ want broadcast rights in the USA? I thought there wasnt much money to be made here with soccer. That's why major networks never carry it.

Agree with Justin about the AJ news station. Would be nice to have some alternatives to the crap news networks we have.
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Sky might lose PL rights/AlJazeera to bid US rights?

Postby DCHeather » Sat Mar 24, 2012 8:12 pm

Not sure what the motive is...they're spending crazy money for the broadcast rights around the world. Not sure if they'll even make a profit with the money they're spending.
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Re: Sky might lose PL rights/AlJazeera to bid US rights?

Postby HatterDon » Sat Mar 24, 2012 8:55 pm

DCHeather wrote:Not sure what the motive is...they're spending crazy money for the broadcast rights around the world. Not sure if they'll even make a profit with the money they're spending.


I think they're like a lot of large corporations ... they need to diversify. Premier League football around the world is a HUGE market share [except here, of course], and AJ wants to expand their viewership.

A couple of thoughts:

1. The biggest reason Sky has to worry is that they're owned by the Murdoch family and that family isn't all that popular in England -- or in my house, but that's another story.

2. It won't matter who has the games; there'll be British announcers calling the games to the English-speaking world. The Everton-Fulham FA Cup tie was unusual because a different network does the FA Cup, and they're relatively limited in what they can show. Sky, on the other hand, gets to broadcast every match that the PL doesn't allocate to ESPN [Europe].

3. Don't worry about ESPN/FOX -- just bear in mind that, on most weekends, the ESPN match in England is broadcast on one of the Fox affiliates, and the match ESPN2 broadcasts here in the states is usually one b/c by Sky.
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Sky might lose PL rights/AlJazeera to bid US rights?

Postby DCHeather » Sat Mar 24, 2012 9:40 pm

Don, I could care less who wins the broadcast rights for the premier league for the UK and Europe. That doesn't concern me. What bothers me is al jazeera sports network right now is only available on dish network. And if they won the rights for la liga and serie a, I doubt I'll be watching any of those league matches next season...since I have cable (who still haven't made foxsoccer plus available). If AJ wins the US rights for the premier league after 2012/13 season ends, I just hope they get the games on some major cable networks. If not, I guess I am back to GJ for my Fulham fix. Dish Network isn't an option for me. Although they could make the games available online, like foxsoccer2go, that could be a good alternative if the price is reasonable.
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