Network giants began to compete for sports events live right, is no secret. September 22 According to foreign media reports, the Premier League famous club Manchester United vice chairman Ed Woodward said in this week's earnings, Amazon and Facebook may join the Premier League broadcast rights in the fight.
As the world's richest professional football league, the Premiership is currently in the sale of 2018 to 2022 broadcast rights of the period. One of the most commercial value of the domestic broadcast rights will be bid early next year. The current Premier League's domestic communication rights belong to pay-TV networks Sky TV and British Telecom. In the last three years, the two companies have paid £ 5.1bn ($ 7bn) for this. In addition, 2016 to 2019 British Premier League relay rights, also sold the price of £ 3 billion. The 2021-2022 season before the US Premier League broadcast rights were NBC in 2015 to 1 billion US dollars to buy. And this time Amazon and Facebook may be involved in the UK domestic tournament broadcast rights bid.
Sky TV's largest shareholder is Murdoch's Fox media, since 1992, since the establishment of the television station, has always been the main holder of the Premier League broadcast rights. But as a 20 times the Premiership champions Manchester United club, then look forward to like Amazon and Facebook technology giants such as digital platform broadcast to join the competition.
"I think they will definitely join," Ed Woodward said at the club's earnings conference this week. "Interestingly, in the last cycle of the bidding period, the outside world have the view that they are very interested in this. Not just the Premier League, including UEFA and the Champions League is also true. & rdquo;
Woodward said Amazon Prime replaced Twitter this year as an online streaming media partner for the NFL Rugby League. And Facebook from the beginning of the season to broadcast the US Football League game.
"I think the future will have more people to join the broadcast rights in the competition, the Premier League welcome them to join. With the fans to digital multimedia interaction has become increasingly important, so the technology company will become our important partner. "said Woodward.
Manchester United just released the annual financial report this week, which broadcast income of £ 194.1 million, soared 38%. At the same time as Jose Mourinho served as general manager of the first year, the club's total turnover increased by 13%, reaching a record £ 518.2 billion. By June 30 this year, the club's pre-tax profit increased by 8% to 39.2 million pounds. But the cost of staff also increased by 14% to 31.3 million pounds, most of which is the player's salary. While Manchester United is expected this year's fiscal revenue will be between 5.75 to 585 million pounds.
Last season, Manchester United won the League Cup and the European Cup champion, so despite the sixth in the Premier League, but the new season is still eligible to participate in the Champions League.