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Don’t Count On Google’s YouTube Doing A Deal With EPL Soon

There’s been quite a bit of buzz in the past 24 hours with the news that Google is talking to the NBA and NHL about broadcasting their games on YouTube given the success achieved last year with the Indian Premier League (cricket) matches shown on the channel.

Google is in talks with “most pro sports leagues” including soccer leagues in Europe, said Brian Suh, head of YouTube Partnership at Google’s Korean unit.

The attraction of having English Premier League games shown on YouTube is mouthwatering, but the chances of that happening is slim to none. Why? The Premier League sued YouTube in 2007 because clips of games were being released on the popular video search engine site. Last summer, however, a U.S. court threw out the Premier League’s case against YouTube. Regardless, I don’t see Premier League games being available on YouTube in the foreseeable future. One, because of the bad blood between the Premier League and YouTube. And two, because I still feel that the Premier League is living in the stone age when it comes to marketing its Internet product.

So, in the meantime for those of us in the United States, we can still watch Premier League matches online on FoxSoccer.tv instead of YouTube.

In related news, The Wall Street Journal published an article today comparing the NBA with Premier League. It makes for interesting reading. Thanks to EPL Talk reader Brn 442 for sending me the link.

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6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Pakapala

    February 24, 2011 at 10:26 am

    The Gaffer wrote:
    “Regardless, I don’t see Premier League games being available on YouTube in the foreseeable future. One, because of the bad blood between the Premier League and YouTube. And two, because I still feel that the Premier League is living in the stone age when it comes to marketing its Internet product.”

    @The Gaffer
    There is only one valid reason you gave as to why this deal might not come to fruition: that is the EPL is still living in the stone age. As for your main reason for this deal not happening, this is business. There’s no such thing as bad blood or none of that personal feeling between Youtube and EPL because one sued the other. In fact I wouldn’t be surprised if they have tried to strike a deal before as far back as 2007. There may be no live EPL games on Youtube ever, but it won’t be because of that.

  2. Jeff

    February 23, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Google/Youtube are big fans of soccer. Heck, they have a full blown pitch right outside their main buildings for all their employees to use.

  3. dan

    February 23, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    meh i dont care about Premiership on Youtube, its covered well enough on TV. HOWEVER I would KILL to see La Liga on youtube ^ ^

  4. Neal Thurman

    February 23, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    The NBA/EPL author also fails to point out the difference created by a salary cap. The Knicks (despite what the author wrote) probably aren’t going to be better for trading away half their team for Carmelo Anthony (they don’t have even a serviceable point guard at this point). The comparison that makes the biggest impact for me is the difference between the arrivals of two Russian billionaires at Chelsea and the NJ Nets. Chelsea has become a serious player while the NJ Nets, despite trading for Darren Williams today, still have a huge up-hill battle ahead of them that no amount of money from the Russian owner will change.

    In the Premier League, the Knicks would have added Carmelo WITHOUT having to trade away their young talent and the Nets would have gotten DWill and kept their younger pieces. Big difference that salary cap.

    • Perry

      February 24, 2011 at 5:20 pm

      I agree with your overall point, but not about the Knicks not having a “serviceable point guard” after the deal: they got Chauncey Billups in the trade, who’s more than serviceable.

  5. Earl Reed

    February 23, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    The author of the WSJ article fails to point out that Portsmouth were docked 9 points to finish at 19 at the end of last season. Just makes the final spread a little less dramatic.

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