HomeNewsFootballSpain

DAZN to launch in Spain from 2019 with MotoGP and English Premier League

Streaming platform DAZN will launch in Spain from 2019 with exclusive pay-television rights to MotoGP and the English Premier League, bringing competition to a market that had become dominated by Telefonica.

DAZN will hold rights to MotoGP for the next four years, from 2019 to 2022. It is thought a limited package of linear rights will be sold to a free-to-air broadcaster, granting DAZN pay-television exclusivity over one of Spain’s most important properties.

Its exclusive three-season deal for Premier League rights, from 2019-20 to 2021-22, will see DAZN show 235 live matches per season.

Crucially, Telefonica holds rights to LaLiga rights until the end of 2021-22, securing its position as the number-one player in the market. But DAZN’s entry means a tricky renewal for rights to Euroleague Basketball (from 2019-20) – another important property.

Spain is the eighth confirmed market for DAZN, after its launches in Japan, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Canada, Japan and the United States. It is also close to confirming its launch across Latin America and Brazil, a move somewhat dependent on a successful bid for rights to the Copa Sudamericana.

Most recent

Pay-television broadcaster BT Sport took advantage of Sky’s long-running concerns over wrestling body WWE’s OTT service to grab WWE rights in the UK and Ireland from its rival at a steep discount, SportBusiness Media understands.

As TikTok has grown into one of the world's most popular social-media apps during the past year, the short-form video-sharing platform has become an important tool for sports rights-holders to expand and engage their fanbases. 

Turkish agency Saran has negotiated a price reduction for rights to the English Premier League for the 2019-22 cycle, SportBusiness Media understands, the first time it has achieved this since acquiring the property at the turn of the decade.

Mola TV, the new entrant to Indonesia’s sports broadcasting market, is employing a novel strategy straddling pay-television, free-to-air and digital distribution channels to exploit the Premier League rights it has acquired for the upcoming 2019-22 cycle.