Fox is planning on breaking itself up into two parts: Its news group and its entertainment assets. A deal has been made for Disney to buy the entertainment portion subject antitrust concerns and FTC approval. One of Fox's entertainment assets are its sports networks (and there are several of them - nationals and regionals). The Fox sports networks are the primary competitor in the subscription television universe to ESPN, TNT/TBS not withstanding. ESPN, of course, is owned by ABC which is owned by Disney. So, if the Disney deal goes through, then a large chunk of TV sports will be under Disney's control since they will own all ESPN networks and all Fox Sports networks. I wonder if the FTC will require Fox and Disney to not sell Fox Sports to Disney for the overall deal to go through. While the focus for the NLL is still streaming, I wonder if it is good or bad for both the NLL and the public if Disney owns ESPN and Fox Sports. Given that ESPN is not swimming in cash and had another layoff this past month, I could imagine that a Disney-owned Fox Sports would be integrated with ESPN to make a larger ESPN. While there'd be some layoffs due to redundancy of workers, this might help the losses ESPN is taking since ESPN + Fox would have more control of the sports broadcast space so they can charge more.