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Take That, Netflix: Amazon In Talks to Add Live Sports

If you know someone who is wishy-washy about cord-cutting, there's a good chance they're a sports fan. The ability to watch live sports is the only thing keeping many people tied to their cable company, but Amazon may be looking to change that.

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According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, the mega-retailer is looking into a premium streaming sports package and has met with the NBA, NFL, MLB and Major League Soccer.

Reportedly, Amazon has brought up options about streaming sports as part of Amazon Prime or a separate "skinny bundle" of channels, though the details aren't clear at this time. Completing those deals would be extremely difficult, as the sports leagues have multiple-year deals with cable channels, some of which last up to a decade.

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The Journal also reports that Amazon has met with smaller leagues, including the World Surf Lead, the collegiate Atlantic Coastal Conference (which includes teams from the University of North Carolina, Duke, Syracuse University and Virginia Tech, among others) and may also be exploring cricket and lacrosse.

The deal wouldn't be unprecedented. Twitter has a deal with the NFL to stream Thursday night football games. But for a slate of continuously streaming major sports, Amazon is likely playing a long waiting game.