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PwC: At the gate and beyond

Sports are becoming more reliant on media rights fees even as traditional TV faces challenges.

Share of sports revenue for media rights according to PwC:
1)
2013–22%
2)
2014–24%
3)
2015–26%
4)
2016–27%
5)
2017–28%
6)
2018–28%
7)
2019–29%
8)
2020–29%
9)
2021–29%
10)
2022–30%

Projected growth between 2013–22:
1)
Media rights — ↑ 94%
2)
Non-media rights — ↑ 42%

More growth? PwC projects that legalized sports gambling could increase media rights fees by 18%!

Subscribers by year for ESPN:
1)
2017–88M
2)
2018–86M (↓ 2%)

Flashback #1: Can a New President and Streaming Service Help ESPN Win Again?

How ESPN makes money (% of total):
1) Subscriber fees — $9.5B (79%)
2) Advertising — $2.6B (21%)

Flashback #2: What The ESPN Critics Are Missing

An excellent counter-argument to the ESPN is dead theme w/ quarterly profit estimates @ various subscriber levels and monthly pricing ($7.21 + 25% price increase):
1) 80m subs — $1.4B — $2.0B
2) 70m subs — $800M — $1.5B
3) 60m subs — $500M — $1.1B
4) 50 subs — $200M — $750M

More: Tiger Woods Signs Deal With Golf Streaming Service

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