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DFL confirms: Dazn will broadcast further Bundesliga games

  • The German Football League (DFL) confirms: Dazn is broadcasting further Bundesliga games and relegation games this season.
  • Recently there was great confusion about who would broadcast the other Friday and Monday games until the end of the season.
  • The past Monday game Werder Bremen against Bayer Leverkusen was suddenly broadcast on Amazon Prime Video. That confused many fans.

For football fans, there is finally some clarity in the great confusion of the broadcasting rights of the Bundesliga in recent days. The German Football League (DFL) has now confirmed in a tweet: Dazn is broadcasting other Bundesliga games and relegation games this season. It is now clear that the derby between Hertha BSC and Union Berlin on Friday evening will be streamed by Dazn.

Specifically, this affects all Friday and Monday games in the Bundesliga, as well as all games on Sundays at 1:30 p.m. and the games of the “English Weeks” on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. In addition, the relegation games between the first and second and between the second and third Bundesliga will be broadcast to Dazn.

There was great confusion about broadcasting rights

Even if the Bundesliga has just started again, ghost games will be played until the end of the season, so fans have to watch the games in front of the television. However, who will be broadcasting the games until the end of the season has been completely unclear in the past few days, as “inside-digital.de” first reported.

With a sublicense from Eurosport, streaming service Dazn recently broadcast the Bundesliga games on Friday and Monday, occasionally also on Sundays. This remains the case now. However, Dazn itself did not acquire any rights to the Bundesliga, but was a licensee of Eurosport.

Another problem is that Eurosport apparently did not pay the last installment for the 2019/20 season to the DFL due to the Corona mandatory break. Thus DAZN could also lose the broadcasting rights, was recently speculated. In total there are ten games and the relegation. With the confirmation from the DFL, this should be off the table at first.

Suddenly Amazon got involved

Just a few hours before kick-off for the game SV Werder Bremen against Bayer 04 Leverkusen on Monday, shipping giant Amazon suddenly intervened – and announced that the game would also be offered to all customers of Amazon’s Amazon Prime subscription service at no additional charge. For the first time, Amazons broadcasted a Bundesliga game. “It’s all about this one game at first,” an Amazon spokesman told NewsABC.net. Basically, however, live sports rights are interesting for the group. “After all, we also acquired Champions League rights from the 2021/2022 season,” the spokesman continued. He did not want to comment on whether Amazon will also participate in the upcoming rights allocation in June.

The big surprise: Amazon was supported by Eurosport during the transmission of the Monday game. The broadcaster acted as a producer, reports the portal DWDL. This makes the poker around upcoming rights allocation even more confusing.

Sky continues to broadcast the games on Saturday and Sunday.

The Bundeskartellamt also prohibits the transfer of transmission rights to Sky. The direct award to DAZN would be possible, but it is a question of money. If necessary and probably as a worst-case scenario, the DFL could stream the games on its own platform.

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