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DAZN eyes up NFL rights

DAZN CEO said streamer is "definitely" interested

DAZN is eyeing up the live rights for the NFL according to the streamer’s chief executive Simon Denyer.

Since October 2018 the NFL has been discussing whether to break up its Sunday Ticket deal with DirecTV (owned by AT&T).

The AT&T agreement lasts until 2022 but includes a break clause that would allow the NFL to opt out at the end of the 2019 regular season.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell cited DirecTV’s limited reach and the improved digital options as factors in the league’s deliberation.

DAZN’s Denyer told Bloomberg: “We’re definitely interested in looking at the NFL rights. Our strategy is to be a major player in sports rights via OTT, and the US and Canada have the highest penetration of OTT in the world.”

Earlier this year DAZN signed a three-year deal with the MLB, reportedly helping the company strike up relationships with major US sports leagues.