In a twist of events where tech meets sports, Facebook is reportedly interested in bidding for Premier League streaming rights, which will further escalate the huge financial boom for England’s top clubs. Securing live Premier League rights exclusively in 1992 was key to the very survival and subsequent success of BSkyB, and the game, with its crowds of loyal supporters, remains prime content for newer media companies seeking to build businesses on subscriptions.
According to the Guardian, In the same line, Amazon too is interested in acquiring streaming rights of the biggest league in the UK. Amazon outbid Sky a few months ago, paying a reported £10m a year, for the UK rights to the ATP tennis tour, its first major live sport acquisition outside the US.
Amazon now streams an NFL game on Thursdays and that Major League Soccer has a deal with Facebook to show 22 games a season and Facebook and Amazon had been interested in bidding for the IPL cricket rights. The tech giants are expected to bid in the next round of Premier League rights sales which is expected to open before the end of this year,
However, Facebook has not commented on whether it will bid for Premier League rights but confirmed it does plan generally to secure live sport on video and their platform Facebook Watch. Amazon had not responded to requests for comment on Woodward’s remarks at the time of going to press.