According to Dylan Byers at Puck News, Apple now has the best shot to get the rights to NFL Sunday Ticket as Disney has dropped out of the bidding.
The article says that the rights could go for up to more than US$2 billion per year. NFL Sunday Ticket is the NFL’s out-of-market package, which has recently aired on DirecTV. It’s separate from a slew of licensing deals recently completed between the NFL, most major broadcast TV networks and Amazon. Acquiring it would certainly attract more eyeballs to Apple TV+.
Byers adds that yers says that Apple and Amazon are also considering bids for a domestic package of UEFA Champions League games that could cost up to $2.5 billion over six years. The UEFA Champions League is an annual club football competition organised by the Union of European Football Associations and contested by top-division European clubs, deciding the competition winners through a round robin group stage to qualify for a double-legged knockout format, and a single leg final.