14:06 08 October 2017
Facebook has refused to rule out entering the bidding to stream live Premier League matches.
Edward Woodward, Manchester United’s vice-chairman, has confirmed that Facebook, as well as Amazon, is interested in the last round of Premier League rights deal for 2016-19.
Dan Reed, Facebook’s global head of sports partnerships, said: “The Premier League is a very important partner of ours. We work with them to help them reach their audience. It would be premature to speculate on how we might approach that. But they are a very important partner. That speaks for itself. We continue to have an ongoing relationship with the Premier League.”
He added: “We aim to collaborate with broadcasters and rights holders,” he said. “Our partnership with Fox shows that we can have a mutually beneficial relationship. Put aside streaming of games – we help broadcasters all around the world.
“We work with Fox in the US to help them to get people to tune in to events on television, which is the bedrock of our relationship with broadcasters. There are a number of examples where we help broadcasters and we have an excellent relationship with Sky and BT in the UK.”