But it was not clear that even then they would be ready to discuss a deal.
The companies said in October that they were discussing a deal.
All three companies are planning to meet in the next few weeks to discuss a possible deal, the executives said.
If this business goes well, we can discuss further deals and relationships later.
They have not discussed such a deal, said aides to both Senators.
According to the terms of his current contract, Beckham is free to discuss a new deal with any club in the world.
'I've come to discuss a deal I'd like to do with you,' he said.
Few companies reached the stage of actually discussing a deal because negotiations invariably broke down early on.
Microsoft says it is discussing similar deals with other studios.
Bob Quinn, the team's general manager, said today that he had discussed possible deals with five teams.