Will Bob Iger Hand a Murdoch the Keys to the Disney Empire?

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Polygon has reached out to both Fox and Disney for comment on the reports of a deal, which have not been confirmed.

"If Disney is successful in acquiring the Fox RSNs, it would combine the biggest national sports network in the US, ESPN, with the biggest RSN group in the country, along with some of the most popular college conferences (SEC, ACC, and BTN)".

Disney and 21st Century Fox's on-again, off-again talks, which fizzled somewhat at the end of last month, appear to be back on, with the two sides zeroing in on a deal that could close as soon as next week. The value of the Fox assets in the deal is seen as above $60 billion, according to sources cited by CNBC.


As early as next week, Disney may announce the acquisition of key assets of the Rupert Murdoch-controlled Twenty-First Century Fox.

Barclays analyst Kannan Venkateshwar said the sheer scale and stability the RSNs would provide for Disney would make the deal worth it.

The Walt Disney Company possibly buying 21st Century Fox would be a dream come true for Marvel fans as it would allow all of the characters to finally work together in an epic feature, like the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War. The assets Disney is seeking to purchase are valued at as much as $67 billion. What Disney can offer Fox, beyond its own resources, is the scale both properties need to take on tech companies, which in recent years have spent billions to grow distribution of digital video content and bulk up their programming offerings on their own platforms. Most of the focus has been on the possibilities for Disney's movie studio, as they would take over rights to Fox's superhero stable to add to their corner of the Marvel universe, as well as Disney becoming the majority stakeholder in Hulu's streaming service.

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