DAZN extends and expands Eurosport carriage deal for three years

Global sports subscription service and media company DAZN Group has extended a distribution agreement with media group Discovery for the Eurosport 1 and 2 channels for three years, while also adding Switzerland to the deal.

The initial agreement, signed last July, made Eurosport 1 and 2 available to DAZN subscribers in Austria, Germany, Italy and Spain. This has now been expanded to include Switzerland and extended to run until August 2023.

In extending the agreement, DAZN customers in those five markets will now have access to Discovery’s sporting portfolio, which includes the next two Olympics Games in Toyko and Beijing, as well as a host of tennis, cycling, motorsport events and championships.

The channels are included in the DAZN subscription cost at no extra cost.

The agreement between the pair comes a month after DAZN sealed a one-season sublicensing deal from Discovery for German Bundesliga rights in Germany, Austria and Switzerland for the 2020-21 season.

DAZN will broadcast 45 matches in 2020-21, including 40 matches from the Bundesliga regular season, four relegation playoff matches and the DFL Supercup.

The subscription service’s offering in the German-speaking countries from 2021-22 will receive a boost as it will be showing the majority of Uefa Champions League matches, while also increasing the number of Bundesliga matches it will show to 106.

Yesterday, DAZN finalised an agreement to sell a majority stake in its digital football-focused platforms, including Goal.com, to Integrated Media Company, a venture backed by US-based private equity firm TPG Capital.

The agreement, which also includes Spox and VoetbalZone, the German and Dutch platforms respectively, is valued at over $100m (€85.2m), SportBusiness understands.