Disney-Fox Deal News Roundup: Everything You Need to Know About the M&E Megadeal (UPDATED)

The effect on sports television is expected to be transformative and world-wide

This morning, Disney made the worst-kept secret in the media industry official: it announced a definitive agreement to acquire a majority of 21st Century Fox assets. The move that will reshape the sports-TV landscape around the globe and covers 22 Fox Sports Regional Networks, Sky’s pan-European operations (prior to the deal, 21st Century Fox is expected to seek to complete its planned acquisition of the 61% of Sky it doesn’t already own), Star India, and Tata Sky. The deal does not include the Big Ten Network, FS1, or FS2. With a story this big, there’s a lot of information to digest, so SVG has compiled a rundown of reports from around the web regarding ramifications of the deal — especially on the sports sector. 

  • Disney’s Fox Deal Means ESPN Is Going To Double Down on Big, Expensive Sports TV Deals (Recode)
  • Understanding the Industry Fallout from Disney’s Fox Purchase: Disney Makes Big Bets on Legacy Media, Will Be a More Aggressive Bidder on Sports Rights (BTIG)
  • Disney-Fox Deal Gives ESPN a Local Strategy To Combat Its Financial Woes (Washington Post)
  • Disney Buying Fox Makes the Sports Media Market Even More Chaotic (The Street)
  • Disney Makes $52.4 Billion Deal for 21st Century Fox in Big Bet on Streaming (New York Times)
  • Disney-Fox Deal: 10 Burning Questions (Variety)
  • Massive Disney-Fox Deal Expected To Get Close Antitrust Scrutiny (Los Angeles Times)
  • Disney-Fox Deal: Could Regulators Step in Over Sports? Is ESPN/RSN Spinoff Possible? (SportsBusiness Daily)
  • Will Disney Eventually Split in Two Post-Fox Merger? (Hollywood Reporter)
  • Fox’s Star To Bring Disney Cash and Cricket in India (Reuters)
  • Disney’s Deal for Fox Is All About Streaming (The Motley Fool)
  • Bob Iger on Management Plans, Direct-to-Consumer Focus and Staying Through 2021 (Deadline Hollywood)
  • For Disney CEO Bob Iger, Fox Deal Is All About Future of TV (Bloomberg)
  • VIDEO: Disney CEO Bob Iger Announces Fox Deal (ABC News)
  • Disney Says James Murdoch Future Role Unclear (AP)
  • Could Local TV Stations Drive Slimmed-Down 21st Century Fox Post-Disney Deal? (Deadline Hollywood)
  • Breaking Down What Disney Is Getting From Fox (New York Times)
  • Disney’s Fox Acquisition Means the End of Hulu as We Know It: It’s Not Going Away — But It Will Look Very Different. (Recode)
  • How Disney’s Deal To Buy Fox Assets Will Change TV, Movies, Sports (USA Today)

UPDATED Dec. 15, 9:30 a.m. ET: Here are more of the latest reports and analysis from around the web:

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