Monday, 18 December, 2017

Disney Will Acquire Fox Sports Regional Networks in Massive Sports Media Shakeup

Will Bob Iger Hand a Murdoch the Keys to the Disney Empire? Disney 'Closing In' On Deal to Buy 21st Century Fox
Freda Brock | 06 December, 2017, 18:05

Discussions between the two global companies are said to have rekindled after stalling last month, the FT has reported, with Fox also looking to sell off its entertainment and worldwide assets. If Fox presumably no longer believes that it can operate at the sort of scale that will allow it to continue to compete with the likes of Bristol, Disney is confident that the addition of the RSN suite will give ESPN a license to print (even more) money.

Interestingly enough, the deal is expected to be finalized as soon as next week. What would remain at Fox includes its news and business news divisions, broadcast network and Fox Sports. This new detail contradicts an earlier report, which suggested that Fox Sports properties would not be included.

But it seems likely that-in the event of a deal-Murdoch would get a senior executive role at Disney no matter what.

Tottenham boss Pochettino insists Llorente has his total 'trust'
It's been an opportunity for me to learn more about myself as a player and as a person, so I'm looking forward to it and I've got to keep enjoying it.

While investors may be riveted by the implications of the Walt Disney Co.'s impending bid to snap up 21st Century Fox's entertainment assets, the most transformative element of the proposed $60 billion deal could very well be the transfer of Fox's regional sports networks. Comcast, global telecommunications conglomerate and owner of NBC and Universal Pictures, is also bidding to acquire Fox's assets.

The news has us salivating at the possibilities of an X-men/Avengers crossover and having mutants in the Marvel tv shows would be pretty damn cool. However, Fox's talks with Disney are said to have gone "deeper and further".

If this deal is made, Disney will now own the films rights to the X-Men and Fantastic Four. So possibly no more Logan or Deadpool type movies. But there is speculation that Disney would use Fox to distribute R-rated material. Again, we will keep you posted as the news of this progresses.

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