JPMorgan is reportedly looking to finance Serie A’s media business
Italy’s Serie A is currently locked into a three-season deal with CBS Sports worth around $75 million per year through the 2023-24 season. However, it’s long been understood that the Italian soccer league was looking for a big increase in international media rights moving forward. Now, it sounds like they have the financial backing to make it happen.
According to ReutersJPMorgan Chase has expressed a “preliminary interest” in supporting the development of Serie A’s media rights business. The US bank is one of many financiers who have expressed interest in helping the league as it prepares plans to sell domestic and international broadcasting licenses after 2024.
Per one source, JPMorgan offered to provide between 700 million and 1 billion euros ($761 million-$1.1 billion) in financing, although those numbers have not been made public.
Back in OctoberReuters said that while Serie A secured around 670 million euros ($657 million) from the sale of overseas TV rights in the 2021-2024 period, their goal is to grow that number to around 1.1 billion euros during the 2024-2027 rights cycle and 1.9 billion euros in the 2027-2030 cycle.
For perspective, England’s Premier League is expected to cross $13.5 billion in overall media rights deals over the next three seasons as they renegotiate their deals.
JP Morgan clearly wants in on the international soccer media rights game. They also offered support for the breakaway European Super League before those plans collapsed in the wake of protests and outcries over greed.
Per Reuters, the Serie A clubs are expected to meet on Feb. 24 to figure out their response to JPMorgan and other suitors.