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Walt Disney is close to confirming a deal to buy 21st Century Fox's
entertainment assets for about $60bn, reports say.


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The sale would include the 20th Century Fox film studio and the Sky and
Star satellite broadcasters in the UK, Europe and Asia.


  Camera on location at a football match

Disney was left as the front runner after Comcast, the NBC owner,
dropped out of the race on Monday.

Big spending on foreign football players has a political aim, too

  The cost of televising some football matches is going up

The Financial Times said talks about the price were continuing on

Feb 27th 2016 | From the print edition

记者 Kamal Ahmed 的报道:

CNBC reported that Fox and Disney were on a "glide path" for an
announcement on Thursday, according to people familiar with the

Ⅰ.CHINESE demand for the world’s commodities may besputtering2, but not
for the most vital ingredient of football: its players. In recent weeks,
the country’s football clubs have been on their biggest ever spending
spree, signing up foreign talent for sums which, by Asian standards,
have beenjaw-dropping3. One local newspaper in China said anyone who
paid attention to Chinese football would conclude that the clubs had
“gone mad4”.

  In terms of the division between Sky and BT for live football on
television, the announcement was not much of a surprise。 The split -
Sky, 126 matches over three years, BT 42 - is similar to the present
deal。 In terms of the money paid though, it is a shock。 Most analysts
were predicting a price for buying the rights of £4bn compared to £3bn
in 2012, the last time the rights were bid for。 Richard Skudamore,
the Premier League‘s Chief Executive revealed it was going to be a lot
higher this time。

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  The high cost reveals how important live football has become for
paid television。 In 2012 BT shocked the market by muscling into a
sector which Sky had traditionally dominated。 They have retained that
significant presence。 Sky does though still hold the bulk of the rights
and will broadcast the majority of Premier League games when the new
contract begins at the start of the 2016 season。 They will pay the
equivalent of £1.4bn a year, which is more than 80% more than they paid
in 2012。

老默多克和第三任老婆Jerry Hill

1.Patriotic:[ˌpeitriˈɔtik; ˌpæt-]having or expressing a great love of
your country• 爱国的

  Football fans will be concerned that the high price paid will mean
higher costs to watch football。 Both businesses insist that they are
cash-rich and can afford the new deals。 The Premier League will be
celebrating - more cash from the broadcasters means more cash for
Premier League football clubs and the stars they pay many millions of
pounds to employ。

The Murdoch family was said to favour a deal with Disney because it
would rather be paid in the entertainment giant's shares than Comcast

2.Sputter:If a process, action, or state of affairssputters, it
progresses slowly and unevenly or starts to end.

  Glossary 词汇表 

A deal with Disney could also face fewer US regulatory hurdles, although
it is extremely unlikely to be waved through.

E.g:The economy is already sputtering, with low or no growth.


Also in question is what will happen to 21st Century Fox's bid to buy
the 61% of Sky that it does not already own.



The deal is already under scrutiny by the UK Competition and Markets
Authority (CMA), which is expected to publish its provisional findings
in January.

3.jaw-dropping:very surprising or


It is not clear whether Disney will continue with the takeover if it
buys the 39% stake from 21st Century Fox as part of the wider

4.语块:go mad:to become mentally ill发疯,失常

  predicting 预言

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Ⅱ.Jiangsu Suning, a club owned by aneponymous5retail chain, broke a
record on January 27th when it paid £25m ($35m) for Ramires, a
Brazilianmidfielder6(known only by his forename) who had been playing
for Chelsea, an English team. That was the most an Asian club had spent
on a footballer. Seven days later Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao took
Jackson Martínez from Atlético Madrid, a big Spanish team, for $45m.
Within a couple of days Jiangsu hadsmashed7the record again, paying a
Ukrainian team, Shakhtar Donetsk, $53m for Alex Teixeira, another
Brazilian midfielder.



5.eponymous:[iˈpɔniməs]theeponymouscharacter of a book, play, film /
movie, etc. is the six mentioned in the title• (与标题)同名的


Matthew Horsman, analyst at Mediatique, told Variety magazine that the
CMA is likely to continue probing the deal. "They've done all the work.
I'm pretty sure they're going to announce a decision," he said.


  muscling into攻入

The assets being sold by Fox include its FX and National Geographic
cable channels, 22 regional US sports networks and the company's stake
in the Hulu streaming platform in the US.

7.smash:to break sth, or to be broken, violently and noisily into many
pieces• (哗啦一声)打碎,打破,破碎


It would also add to Disney's extensive film and television library,
with movies such as Avatar and Deadpool, as well as small screen hits
including The Simpsons and Modern Family.

Ⅲ.By the time China’s two-month-long winter transfer-period ends on
February 26th, its top-division clubs will have spent a net amount of
around $300m (the amount spent on buying players minus the amount
received for selling them). That is more than the combined netoutlay8of
all the clubs in Europe’s top fiveleagues9during the winter period. The
net spending of clubs in the English Premier League was the second
highest ($220m); those in China’s second division ranked third, at $55m.

  significant presence占据重要地位

The Fox broadcast network, Fox News and Fox Sports would remain under
the Murdochs' control.

8.outlay:~ (on sth)the money that you have to spend in order to start a
new project• (启动新项目的)开支,费用


As well as its film studio, Disney also owns the ESPN sports network and
cable channels.

»The business quickly repaid the initial outlay on advertising.


Mr Murdoch's decision to sell most of Fox has surprised many
commentators given his desire to continually expand his media empire
over the past five decades.



Talks were understood to have been held between the two companies in
November but did not result in an agreement.

9.league:/ liːg /(体育运动队的)联合会,联赛/联盟;同盟

  to employ雇用

Negotiations then restarted earlier this month.

Ⅳ.President Xi Jinping may be less inclined to call this mad.Oddly for
someone with so much else to worry about, from reviving a slowing
economy to fighting corruption, he has set much store by football.A year
ago a committee charged withoverseeing10wide-ranging11economic and
social reforms turned its attention to an area of great concern in the
football-loving nation: itsdismal12performance in the game. The
committee, headed by Mr Xi,endorsed13the Communist Party’s first ever
plan for “football reforms” (with “Chinese characteristics”, naturally).
These, it said, were aimed at ending the “backward” state of football in
China and helping the country realise its “dream of sporting
great-powerdom”. The plan says the number of football academies should
increase tenfold to 50,000 by 2025. Itdecrees14that football be made
compulsory at school.


Shares in Disney rose 0.5% in New York on Tuesday, valuing the company
at $162bn, while 21st Century Fox added 1%, valuing it at $62.6bn.

10.oversee:to watch sb / sth and make sure that a job or an activity is
done correctly• 监督;监视

  实习编辑:王雨欣 责任编辑:赵润琰

Fox shares have jumped by close to a third over the past three months.

11.wide-ranging:• including or dealing with a large number of different
subjects or areas• 覆盖面广的;内容广泛的

12.dismal:(informal) not skilful or successful; of very low quality•
不熟练的;差劲的;不怎么样的//causing or showing sadness•

13.Endorse:to say publicly that you support a person, statement or
course of action• (公开)赞同,支持,认可=approve多意词↓

14.decree:Vto decide, judge or order sth officially• 裁定;判决;颁布

N 法令,政令;裁定,裁决↓

Ⅴ.Football is particularly important for Mr Xi. He has been a fan since
childhood. For a while after he took over as China’s leader his office,
or at least the room said to be such in official photographs, featured
the above picture of him as vice-president kicking a ball in Ireland. Mr
Xi’s reform plan says football can help boost patriotism and a
“collective spirit”—attributes Mr Xi is keen toinculcate15in a
societyfractured16by rapid economic change.

15.inculcate:~ sth (in / into sb)|~ sb with sth(formal) to cause sb
to learn and remember ideas, moral principles, etc., especially by
repeating them often• 反复灌输;谆谆教诲

to inculcate a sense of responsibility in sb


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