Tuesday October 3, 2023

Amazon May Be Mulling Manchester United Bid

  • Amazon has reportedly been mooted as a bidder for Manchester United.
  • Their role as a Premier League broadcaster may present a conflict.
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Amazon could be considering its most stunning sports move yet.

The company has reportedly been mooted as a potential buyer for Premier League club Manchester United, a merger that would bring together a massive company with a growing presence in sports media and one of the most valuable soccer teams in the world.

  • The Raine Group, acting on behalf of team owners the Glazer family, is seeking a price between $7.4 billion and $8.7 billion, which some believe to be unrealistic.
  • Apple was initially thought to be interested in the team, but more recent reports pushed back.
  • Mukesh Ambani, whose estimated net worth is $92.5 billion, could make a play for Man U, but is also thought to be considering Liverpool and Arsenal.
  • U.K. billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe could lead a consortium bid for the club.

The Raine Group hopes to wrap up a sale in the first quarter of 2023.

Amazon Conflicted?

While Amazon certainly has the funds to make a bid for United, it’s unclear if the Premier League would permit an entity to own both a team and media rights. 

Amazon, Sky Sports, BBC Sport, and BT Sports hold broadcast rights to the league for a combined $7 billion through 2025.

Sky Group was blocked from buying Manchester United in 1999 by U.K. regulators, who determined that the media company’s purchase could hurt competition.

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