On Disney’s earnings call Thursday, CEO Bob Chapek said Disney was considering and “in conversations about.”
“Obviously it’s an attractive property, but we’ll only do it, just like our other rights, if it is something that adds shareholder value.”
Disney is a long-time rights holder with the National Basketball Association. It recently signed a new deal to add National Hockey League games and renewed its agreement with the NFL. On the earnings call, Chapek announced a new deal with Major League Baseball and Spain’s La Liga soccer league.
“Live sports are a very important component of our content business. And even amidst the challenges of the past year, we have continued to build our unrivalled portfolio in a disciplined way,” Chapek said.
“While our overall strategy is still very supportive of our linear business, given the important economic value for the company, we are also building out our ESPN Plus direct-to-consumer offering, he said. “And with every deal we make we are considering both the linear and DTC components.”
On the earnings call, one analyst asked Chapek if Disney had an appetite for more sports rights.
“We have a full house here,” Chapek said. “In terms of our appetite for going further, in terms of what’s really left, there’s not much.”
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