Discovery is "attempting to gatecrash BT’s sale of its sports broadcasting arm and derail months of talks" with DAZN, according to Christopher Williams of the London TELEGRAPH. Talks between BT and DAZN toward a US$800M sale of BT Sport "have become bogged down by wrangling over commercial details." Sources said that Discovery "has advanced an alternative proposal that is being seriously considered." Senior BT figures are "said to be keen to reach a decision one way or the other before Christmas." The company has "developed talks with Discovery as a 'plan B' to ensure a transaction can go ahead" against a backdrop of "pressure from its biggest shareholder, the French telecoms tycoon Patrick Drahi." It is understood that Discovery, which owns Eurosport and rights to the Olympic Games, is "discussing a joint venture with BT that would combine their sports broadcasting assets." Over time, they "would seek to make cost savings and BT would eventually sell out of the joint venture" (London TELEGRAPH, 12/4). The FINANCIAL TIMES' Murad Ahmed cited sources as saying that because BT Sport is "tied to the company's broadband subscribers," this "has led DAZN to demand assurances over revenues if they bought the sports channels." BT, meanwhile, "wants to ensure its subscribers will continue to have access to DAZN’s services." For DAZN, a "failure to acquire BT Sport would be a blow in the unprofitable company’s hopes to grow into a serious competitor to existing media giants as it seeks an IPO in the coming months" (FINANCIAL TIMES, 12/5).