Walt Disney is close to confirming a deal to buy 21st Century Fox's entertainment assets for about $60bn, reports say.
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The sale would include the 20th Century Fox film studio and the Sky and Star satellite broadcasters in the UK, Europe and Asia.
Camera on location at a football match
Disney was left as the front runner after Comcast, the NBC owner, dropped out of the race on Monday.
The cost of televising some football matches is going up
The Financial Times said talks about the price were continuing on Tuesday.
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CNBC reported that Fox and Disney were on a "glide path" for an announcement on Thursday, according to people familiar with the negotiations.
In terms of the division between Sky and BT for live football on television， the announcement was not much of a surprise。 The split - Sky， 126 matches over three years， BT 42 - is similar to the present deal。 In terms of the money paid though， it is a shock。 Most analysts were predicting a price for buying the rights of £4bn compared to £3bn in 2012， the last time the rights were bid for。 Richard Skudamore， the Premier League‘s Chief Executive revealed it was going to be a lot higher this time。
The high cost reveals how important live football has become for paid television。 In 2012 BT shocked the market by muscling into a sector which Sky had traditionally dominated。 They have retained that significant presence。 Sky does though still hold the bulk of the rights and will broadcast the majority of Premier League games when the new contract begins at the start of the 2016 season。 They will pay the equivalent of £1.4bn a year， which is more than 80% more than they paid in 2012。
Football fans will be concerned that the high price paid will mean higher costs to watch football。 Both businesses insist that they are cash-rich and can afford the new deals。 The Premier League will be celebrating - more cash from the broadcasters means more cash for Premier League football clubs and the stars they pay many millions of pounds to employ。
The Murdoch family was said to favour a deal with Disney because it would rather be paid in the entertainment giant's shares than Comcast stock.
A deal with Disney could also face fewer US regulatory hurdles, although it is extremely unlikely to be waved through.
Also in question is what will happen to 21st Century Fox's bid to buy the 61% of Sky that it does not already own.
The deal is already under scrutiny by the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), which is expected to publish its provisional findings in January.
It is not clear whether Disney will continue with the takeover if it buys the 39% stake from 21st Century Fox as part of the wider transaction.