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IPL Media Rights has NYC Investors Buying Team

RedBird Capital bought a percentage of an IPL cricket team at a $250 million valuation ahead of the league’s streaming rights coming up.

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The fights for streaming and sports broadcast rights are no mystery for American sports fans. Football rights have fascinating multiplayer fights on a consistent basis, as does baseball, with hockey recently enjoying a war of its own. India is no different as the IPL cricket league’s rights are up after 2022, which spurred New York investment firm RedBird Capital to purchase a 15 percent stake of the Rajasthan Royals at a $250 million valuation.

“The IPL is a dynamic league with a global audience and forward-thinking mindset regarding fan and player engagement,” RedBird founder Gerry Cardinale said in a release at the time. “The Royals have contributed to this progressive approach, and we look forward to further supporting its on-field sporting performance, business operations and contributions to its community.”

Hotstar, a subsidiary of Disney, purchased the IPL rights in 2017, on a five-year $2.55 billion deal, more than five times the previous deal. So what does that mean for the upcoming rights, and what could be their value to Hotstar? JohnWallStreet of Sportico put it into perspective earlier Wednesday.

“Considering those numbers, there is a strong argument that IPL rights are more important to Disney+ Hotstar in India than the Star Wars franchise is to Disney+ in the U.S. (at least on an relative basis). Around 30-40% of all Disney+ subscribers are located in the South Asian country, a large portion of which is paying for Disney+ Hotstar because it has the rights to IPL matches. Should Star India lose the broadcast rights, Cohen says many of those subscribers would migrate to the new rights holder (probably not the case if the Star Wars franchise were to leave Disney+).”

Costs have been cut by Disney’s ESPN on the talent side, but streaming and broadcast rights have been a full-go for the Worldwide Leader. ESPN currently holds Monday Night Football from the NFL, MLB rights, NBA rights, and recently made significant investments into UFC and the NHL. It will be interesting to see just what force the company chooses to put forward in the upcoming IPL negotiations.

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Poll Data Shows Tepid Response To Tom Brady Joining FOX

“A recent Harris Poll conducted on behalf of Front Office Sports showed that 1 in 3 Americans are more likely to watch a game with Brady on the microphone.”

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FOX Sports reportedly signed Tom Brady to a 10-year deal worth $375 million to make the seven-time Super Bowl champion the new lead analyst for its top NFL broadcast once his playing career is over.

A recent Harris Poll conducted on behalf of Front Office Sports showed that 1 in 3 Americans are more likely to watch a game with Brady on the microphone.

The poll said 2 in 5 NFL fans have a better opinion of FOX Sports following the deal, with 41% of NFL fans being at least somewhat more likely to watch a game with Brady as an analyst.

Data shows one-third of NFL fans think the deal Brady reportedly agreed to is worth about the same as its reported value.

That reaction could probably be described as “tepid”. That may be exactly what FOX expects and maybe all it wants.

Last week, Domonique Foxworth of ESPN suggested that the paycheck is less about what the network thinks Tom Brady means to viewers and more about showing the NFL that the network values its product.

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FOX Not Interested In Joining Streaming Sports Wars

“All this fight that’s going on, sort of gladiatorial kind of bloodshed, is really for that last position, right, in the three to four services that people will take?”

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The CEO of FOX doesn’t plan on forking over billions of dollars to be people’s last choice for paid streaming services.

Lachlan Murdoch said at a time when more than 80% of American homes already have some kind of paid streaming service, it’s not worthwhile to jump on that train.

Amazon, Netflix and Disney+ typically account for the average streaming presence in a household.

“All this fight that’s going on, sort of gladiatorial kind of bloodshed, is really for that last position, right, in the three to four services that people will take,” Murdoch said at a tech conference earlier this year. “And so the billions of dollars that’s being spent by multiple aspirants is all for that last position. And so we are extraordinarily — I want to say that — we’re happy to be sort of sitting on the sidelines.”

Murdoch told Benjamin Swinburne that when it comes to the NFL, FOX’s media rights are the same as CBS, NBC and ESPN. The main focus for the company remains on keeping games on TV.

“We don’t believe it helps us to put those rights under a streaming service or free on over-the-air. We think it’s very important that those rights remain exclusive to the broadcast environment,” Murdoch said.

FOX does stream games through its app, but it is only the games it is also carrying on its broadcast network or FS1.

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NBA Draft To Get Simulcast From ESPN & ABC

“This follows the simulcast model ESPN and ABC have employed for several years with the NFL Draft.”

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ESPN is set for the 2022 NBA Draft coming up on June 23 at 8 p.m. from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The network announced Wednesday the crews that will handle coverage on both ESPN and ABC.

ABC will broadcast the first round in primetime. Kevin Negandhi will host and will be joined by Stephen A. Smith, Chiney Ogwumike and Jalen Rose. Monica McNutt will be reporting and interviewing draftees.

This follows the simulcast model ESPN and ABC have employed for several years with the NFL Draft.

Malika Andrews will host both rounds for ESPN. Jay Bilas, Kendrick Perkins and Adrian Wojnarowski will share the set. Analysts Bobby Marks and Mike Schmitz will contribute.

“We’re thrilled that Malika Andrews will host this year’s ESPN presentation as she brings her well-documented, widespread skillset to our main set,” said David Roberts, head of NBA and Studio Production for ESPN. “The event will showcase the scope and depth of our NBA and college basketball talent roster with accomplished journalists and high-profile personalities across ESPN, ABC and ESPN Radio.”

ESPN will air a pre-draft red carpet show hosted by Cassidy Hubbarth from 5-6 p.m. Perkins and Richard Jefferson will also make appearances.

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