— Kristian Jack (@KristianJack) October 26, 2012
FOX statement confirms Premier League has decided to go with different media partner for 2013-16. Had bid with ESPN. Surprising.
— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) October 26, 2012
This doesn’t mean much for us in Canadia perhaps, but the rumours are that beIN Sport are planning to run away with the whole thing, pending whatever NBCU has up their sleeve. Fox, as Grant Wahl points out, still have significant foothold in some very durable properties, but ESPN? For all their work and investment, have been left with nothing.
As for the Premier League, it’s clear all they want is their giant bag of money. beIN Sport still has the potential to be a) a professional operation and b) watchable, and hopefully will be by the time their deal with the Premier League kicks in. Otherwise, I’m with you my American brothers and sisters.