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Amazon Prime Video may have just pulled in a record number of viewers with its new car show 'The Grand Tour', but there's still one thing it can't offer: live sport. But that could change soon.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Amazon has met with big sports leagues in America to discuss how it can stream their sports live to viewers. The report says the e-tail giant has held talks with the NBA, NFL, Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer and some more minor leagues.

But what can Amazon secure? Just like the Premier League, the rights to most big sporting leagues are locked down for years to come. Such deals would also cost a pretty penny, as last year's £5 billion Premier League deal shows.

According to the report, the NBA turned down Amazon's request to exclusively license the NBA League Pass service (a TV service that shows all NBA games).

What's more likely is that Amazon will end up with more minor sports like college sports. We doubt Sky and BT are quaking in their boots just yet.

Amazon has previously held talks with the Tennis Channel, so who knows, we could see some sports come to Prime Video soon.

Source:

WSJ

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