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Old 12-05-17, 02:14 PM
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Disney may acquire FOX Sports Regional Sports Networks

http://www.breitbart.com/sports/2017...media-shakeup/


ESPN seems to have found a working solution their well-publicized revenue problem: If more money is needed, buy some profitable networks.
According to a CNBC report on Tuesday morning, a deal could soon be announced in which 21st Century Fox will sell much of its assets to Disney. That deal, reportedly worth $60 billion, could be officially announced as early as next week.

Somewhat buried in the details of that report, however, is that under the terms of the deal, Disney will receive the Fox Sports regional networks. This new detail contradicts an earlier report, which suggested that Fox Sports properties would not be included.

According to The Big Lead, “You cannot overstate how enormous this is for both companies. The RSNs, which distribute about half of the local MLB, NBA, and NHL rights in America, deliver a bulk of the profit to the broader Fox Sports division of the company, and have been a major factor in enabling their continued pursuit of national rights in the NFL, MLB, and college football.”

According to Sports Business Journal’s John Ourand, “[Rupert] Murdoch has not been high on the RSNs for several years. Same old media story: rights fees rising at a faster rate than affiliate revenue.”

CNBC reports that, “Disney has held talks with the Ruport Murdoch-controlled media company to acquire its studio and television production assets, leaving Fox with its news and sports assets.”

So, Fox will retain its national sports and news properties, the official deal will not include the RSN’s. Not including the RSN’s could still have a huge impact on Fox Sports and FS1. As Ryan Glasspiegel says in The Big Lead, the RSN’s make a large portion of the profit that allowed Fox to pursue rights for NFL, MLB, and CFB games.

By bowing out of the regional game while retaining the national networks, Fox could be looking at a future where they offer far more in the way of analysis, re-cap, and opinion coverage; instead of broadcasting live games.

Meanwhile, if the deal goes through as advertised, ESPN will bring in proven money-earning networks at a time when their company has been hemorrhaging money and subscribers. Details on the deal will continue to come in, however, one thing is clear: Fox seems intent on minimizing its footprint in competing for rights fees. While ESPN seems to be doubling-down.


This is all part of the movie assets sale that is already being discussed in Movie Talk.

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/12/05/disn...--sources.html

https://forum.dvdtalk.com/movie-talk...ntury-fox.html


However, Disney cannot acquire the FOX Network, FOX Sports (big network) and FS1 (national cable channel) is not part of the deal.
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Re: Disney may acquire FOX Sports Regional Sports Networks

At least it will probably take a little longer for Disney/ESPN to ruin the lower-key regional networks.
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Re: Disney may acquire FOX Sports Regional Sports Networks

The FOX Sports RSN's here in So. Cal have really become useless for the most part.

FOX Sports West lost the Lakers and Dodgers to Spectrum and all the local college teams to Pac-12 Network and Spectrum.

West and Prime Ticket only show Angels, Kings, Ducks and Clippers along with some high school sports. There is no local studio programming either. I really have no vested interest in any of those teams. Also, I really don't know how they can support 2 networks with so little programming. I noticed on slow weeks with no local teams playing, they would just show Soccer repeats from FS1 or live sports from other RSN's that no one locally would give a crap about.
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Re: Disney may acquire FOX Sports Regional Sports Networks

Maybe the Fox RSNs (when acquired by Disney)will feed the new ESPN streaming pay channel with programming(including hockey which ESPN except for College Hockey has all but forgotten)?
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Re: Disney may acquire FOX Sports Regional Sports Networks

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Maybe the Fox RSNs (when acquired by Disney)will feed the new ESPN streaming pay channel with programming(including hockey which ESPN except for College Hockey has all but forgotten)?
That is what is reportedly being talked about. If they acquire the RSNs, they may share programming to save money.

I could see the RSNs airing 30 for 30 repeats and such to fill dead timeslot programming.

Again, this is only if it happens.
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I really don't like Disney taking over the regional Foxes. They'll bring the ESPN brand and what that entails to those channels.
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The Fox Sports Regional Networks have become very stale. They play the same music during sporting events and it's getting very old.

What will happen to Fox Sports Go(which get's my vote for worst sports app of all-time)? They don't even have replays on their which makes it a total waste of time (unless you are watching live events).
At least I tried once to watch a replay the next morning and the game wasn't available so I am guessing that's the case all the time.
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Looks like the Big Ten Network won't be part of the deal.

That's ashame because ESPN tries to cover everything while the Big Ten Network only seems concerned about football and basketball.
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Re: Disney may acquire FOX Sports Regional Sports Networks

http://www.espn.com/espn/story/_/id/...-networks-espn

For those who aren't paying attention to this in the Movie forum, the deal is now official. Subject to regulatory approval.

The 22 FOX Sports regionals will become part of ESPN.

FOX Sports, FS1 and FS2 are not included on the sports side.
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Re: Disney may acquire FOX Sports Regional Sports Networks

What's going to happen to the Fox Soccer Channel(Yes,it's still around) and the three Fox College Sports channels?
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Re: Disney may acquire FOX Sports Regional Sports Networks

Originally Posted by dvd-4-life View Post
What's going to happen to the Fox Soccer Channel(Yes,it's still around) and the three Fox College Sports channels?
FOX Soccer Plus is staying with FOX

FCS no one knows what's happening with them. Those channels really serve no purpose at all now especially with FS1 in existence. Wouldn't surprise me if it eventually gets shutdown.
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Re: Disney may acquire FOX Sports Regional Sports Networks

Dead.

https://variety.com/2018/biz/news/di...al-1202859241/

The Disney deal with FOX was approved without the RSNs now. DOJ was afraid of a monopoly with sports that would affect prices even worse.
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Re: Disney may acquire FOX Sports Regional Sports Networks

I think the DOJ's reasoning was correct. Disney wanted to consolidate the cable sports business under their thumb.
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Re: Disney may acquire FOX Sports Regional Sports Networks

Disney as of right now owns the RSNs, so they have to sell them off in order to get their bigger deal finalized.

I can see NBC Sports potentially being a bidder. They have many regionals across the country. Also, AT&T and Charter are potential suitors.

But, for all intents and purposes, the FOX Sports RSN brand is dead.
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Re: Disney may acquire FOX Sports Regional Sports Networks

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/11/20/amaz...urces-say.html

Amazon is making a bid to purchase the FOX Sports RSNs and Yes Network included.
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