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NZ watchdog: Sky’s OSB sale to NEP could cause sports rights market imbalance

A Sky cameraman in action during the Mitre 10 Cup match between Hawkes Bay and Manawatu on October 24, 2020. (Kerry Marshall/Getty Images)

Pay-television broadcaster Sky New Zealand’s proposed deal to sell sports production subsidiary Outside Broadcast (OSB) has taken a hit after the country’s Commerce Commission outlined its competition concerns and delayed the process.

In August, international outdoor broadcasting specialist NEP agreed a takeover of OSB in a deal including assets such as six outside broadcast trucks and two warehouses. As part of the sale, NEP is proposed to be Sky’s technical production partner in New Zealand for the next decade, but the deal was subject to approval from the Overseas Investment Office and the Commerce Commission.

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