Fox-Time Warner deal could give Murdoch what he really wants: to compete with ESPN

One of Rupert Murdoch's primary reasons for pursuing the acquisition of Time Warner, Inc. is to bolster Fox Sports 1 into a cable network that can legitimately compete in the national sports programming arena currently dominated by ESPN. And sports, 21st Century Fox president Chase Carey said in a February conference call, is "the most important programming out there and probably gets more importnat as everythimng else fragments. With that in mind, through its Turner Sports unit, Time Warner has two of the more coveteted sports licensing agreements, with rights deals carved with the National Basketball Association and NCAA Men's Basketball. The New York Times has a full analysis of this key merger component here.

Sponsored by Dell Technologies

Whitepaper: How to Elevate Your Content Delivery Workflows With Dell EMC PowerScale

Learn how Dell EMC PowerScale helps meet surging viewer demand while reducing costs with a single centralized platform for the ingest, processing, and delivery of the content your viewers love.

Suggested Articles

WarnerMedia scored a key HBO Max distribution deal with Comcast just as it launched in May. Nearly six months later, there still isn’t an app.

Comcast is planning new data caps and video service price increases for its subscribers in 2021.

The Apple TV remote is an often reviled peripheral device. Universal Electronics has taken it upon itself to create a different option.