DAZN may withhold rights fee payments due to the Coronavirus pandemic

As reported by various specialized websites, he global sports OTT DAZN is expected to inform global rights holders that it will not make its next rights fee payments for any content that has not been delivered due to the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. With this decision, the platform adopts a similar measure to Globo, who announced that it will not pay the April fee for the TV rights of various football competitions in Brazil. 

According to the specialized website Variety, DAZN released a statement saying they are in daily contact with rights holders and partners, ‘to understand and manage the impact of the virus on our industry, service and customers’. Part of the statement reported by Variety informs that there are ‘many conversations  taking place with government, health authorities and sports organizations about the safest and best way to move forward’. Variety also quotes a representative from DAZN, who told the website that, while there are not currently any plans to offer refunds, subscribers can ‘pause their account for up to four months’.

DAZN is currently available in Germany, Australia, Canada, Spain, the US, Italy, Japan and Switzerland. The platform officially arrived at Brazil last year, where it owns the broadcasting rights for Series C of the Brazilian Football Championship (Brasileirão), the Paranaense Championship, the football championships in Turkey and Mexico, the Premier League, and others. In March, the OTT announced an international expansion to 200 countries and territories. In a first phase, the platform will be available in English and will focus its content on boxing events.