Apple plans to bid for streaming rights to the English Premier League (EPL), according to a report in a British tabloid. The move will build on the company’s recently signed, decade-long deal to stream Major League Soccer (MLS) exclusively on Apple TV starting next month. if report To be precise, Apple would be the fourth-biggest contender for domestic rights to top-flight English football.
Domestic EPL rights are currently valued at £5.1bn ($6.23bn) and operate on a three-year renewal cycle. Tender rights for the EPL are due to be renewed later this year, with existing rights for the current three-year period expiring in 2025. This means there will be The current valuation of domestic EPL rights could increase significantly if Apple enters the bidding process.
In recent years, there have been bidding wars between major players such as Sky Sports BT Sport and Amazon Prime Video, with Sky Sports often the dominant player. However, the package clause ensures that no one broadcaster gets all of the Premier League rights, so any deal Apple’s broadcast rights for the EPL will necessarily fall short of the exclusivity deal the company has successfully negotiated with the MLS.
Notably, Apple TV+ premiered the “Super League: Battle for Football” documentary series on Sunday, charting an ill-fated European league proposal pitting the sport’s elite clubs against each other. This may indicate that the company is looking to increase its Sports coverage of the future.
All told, Apple is reportedly planning to bid for the Premier League streaming rights, a move that would add to the current £5.1 billion ($6.23 billion) valuation for the domestic EPL rights. That would make the company the fourth-largest player vying for the purchase Domestic rights for top-flight English football join the likes of Sky Sports BT Sport and Amazon Prime Video.