Amazon’s bid for Disney’s RSNs an evolutionary step for sports streaming

November 20, 2018

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Amazon’s experience in broadcasting live sports apparently has whet its appetite for more. The e-commerce giant – according to a CNBC report – is in the running for Disney’s 22 regional sports networks that the Mouse Network has to offload as part of its deal in acquiring 21st Century Fox.Amazon isn’t the only interested party, of course, as Sinclair Broadcast Group, KKR, The Blackstone Group, Tegna, and Apollo Global Management all have expressed interest, placing their bids in what likely is just early positioning. Fox, which had early on been seen as having the inside track to reacquiring the sportsnets at a discount so far has remained on the sidelines.Also rumored to be part of Amazon’s bid was YES Network, which carries New York Yankee and Brooklyn Nets games. YES has been seen as one of the sports networks that could be sold on its own.

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