Apple TV+ prepares bid for English Premier League soccer rights

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Apple is keen to add more soccer to its sports lineup on Apple TV+, by allegedly working on a bid for rights to England's Premier League.

A Soccer Ball
A Soccer Ball

Apple TV+ has a rapidly growing sports lineup, with soccer fans able to subscribe to the Major League Soccer Season Pass for 2023. However, in an attempt to increase its offering to users, Apple is now trying to secure one of the other major leagues in the world of soccer.

Apple is preparing to place a bid for domestic television rights for England's Premier League, reports the Daily Mail. The Premier League's current three-year deal with Sky Sports and BT Sport expires in 2025, but the tender process for the period beyond will start later in 2023.

It is reckoned that club owners believe the rights are undervalued at 5.1 billion pounds ($6.2 billion) over three years under the current deal. With the introduction of Apple and other potential tech company bids, the price for the 2025 rights could rise considerably.

It is believed that Apple paid $2.5 billion to MLS for a ten-year agreement, so a bid for the Premier League would be a considerably more expensive project to undertake.

England's Premier League isn't the only target of Apple's rights-gathering project. In November, Apple reportedly entered the fight to bid for streaming rights of the Dutch Eredivisie soccer league, which could cost 150 million to 200 million euros ($156 million to $208 million) per year to secure.

Away from Soccer, Apple already has a deal for MLB Friday Night Baseball, but while it attempted to get the NFL Sunday Ticket, it lost out to YouTube.

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  • Reply 1 of 4
    22july201322july2013 Posts: 3,219member
    Apple's baseball program are not available worldwide on its own Apple TV+, and now Apple is bidding for "domestic television rights" for soccer. Sigh. Apple is an international company, and I wish it would bid for international rights for programs, not just domestic rights. The idea that broadcast rights should be stopped at national borders comes from the last century when broadcasts were done over the public airwaves.
  • Reply 2 of 4
    I'd rather they secure the rights to the 'TeleTubbies'.
  • Reply 3 of 4
    I'd rather they secure the rights to the 'TeleTubbies'.
    If you like TeleTubbies that much I'm pretty sure it would be available on iTunes, DVD or maybe even Youtube. No need to hope for it to show up on AppleTV+ as that is very unlikely to happen. 
  • Reply 4 of 4
    This would be both significant and exciting. Having all premiership games on one single platform would be an enormous benefit to both the league itself, the soccer fan (football fan) and Apple. Currently, it is convoluted to catch all games, you need multiple subscriptions, and all this has done has encouraged people to illegally source the content, or simply missed out. Few can afford to subscribe to multiple streaming services.

    If Apple get all games to the premiership, expect Apple subscriptions to explode, and if they make it accessible in other countries, such as Australia, then wow! Let's do it, let's make it happen. Optus have done a great job with it but if Apple make it as part of their existing subscription then happy days for everyone, the clubs, the fans and the beautiful game.
    edited January 16
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