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DAZN Plans To Invest In More Live Sports Rights

“Since DAZN launched in Germany and Japan in 2016, entering the U.S. market in 2018, they’ve continued to expand at a rapid rate.”

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Recently, DAZN announced plans for global expansion this year into more than 200 countries and territories. According to a report from Digiday, expansion could be the next step in the OTT streaming service’s ability to acquire major sports broadcasting rights, including the NBA and NFL. 

“Launching globally, that reinforces our position as a growing and legitimate broadcaster for those rights as they become available,” said Joseph Markowski, EVP at DAZN, who will be overseeing its global service.

Since DAZN launched in Germany and Japan in 2016, entering the U.S. market in 2018, they’ve continued to expand at a rapid rate. In 2016, the subscription service invested $3 billion for media rights deals in Japan, which included local soccer and baseball, Major League Baseball, the National Football League, all five major European soccer leagues and the Champions League. In 2018, DAZN entered a $1 billion partnership with Matchroom Boxing and signed boxer Canelo Alvarez to a $365 million contract.

Last fall, it was announced that DAZN, owned by billionaire Len Blavatnik with former ESPN President John Skipper leading the platform as their executive chairman, sought to raise an additional $500 million in investments.

Even with the additional capital, acquiring major American sports rights won’t be easy. With NFL rights fees set to expire in 2022, Sunday afternoon packages are expected to cost around $2 billion, with Monday Night Football commanding closer to $3 billion. Amazon, Netflix and Google, along with DAZN, are digital platforms that could all enter an NFL rights scene that has been dominated by traditional TV networks. Two years ago, Amazon partnered with the NFL to offer a simulcast stream of their Thursday Night Football schedule for $65 million annually. 

DAZN’s global expansion could allow the OTT service to begin by purchasing rights for major American sports in foreign countries only, which would cost significantly less than an exclusive deal that includes the U.S.

Digiday also notes beyond money, the NFL is waiting to see if DAZN could handle 25 million live viewers simultaneously. Currently, DAZN has 1 million subscribers in the U.S. and 8 million total, a number that should increase as the platform goes from being available in just nine countries, to over 200. In comparison, ESPN+ has 7.6 million subscribers in the U.S. only, while Amazon Prime could reach 100 million global subscribers by year’s end. 

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Mike Francesa: Chris Russo Will Be On My Podcast

“When things rev up in the fall, I would definitely have Dog over as a guest and do a whole show with him. I would say you count on that.”

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WFAN legend Mike Francesa is settling into his new podcast opportunity with BetRivers, and has left the door open for a reunion with his longtime colleague and friend Chris “Mad Dog” Russo.

Francesa was responding to questions on his show, with the newest episode out Monday, when he said he would be able to book Russo for an appearance down the road.

“Listen, I’ve gone on Dog’s shows a couple of times. I could definitely get Dog as a guest one time,” Francesa said.

The last time the two shared a stage and microphone was back in March at the BSM Summit. Francesa said he will make sure whenever Russo does come on, it will be at a time that makes the most sense.

“We will do that at an opportune time,” he said. “Maybe right before the football season or maybe late in the baseball season. When things rev up in the fall, I would definitely have Dog over as a guest and do a whole show with him. I would say you count on that.”

Whenever the reunion happens, best believe it will be a must-listen. It will mark the first time the two have been on a podcast together.

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Andy King To Lead Buchwald Agency’s Podcast Division

“The hiring of King is expected to bolster Buchwald Sports, the division of the company that represents athletes, coaches, and broadcasters.”

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Veteran sports programmer Andy King is entering the podcasting world. He has joined the Buchwald Agency. He will help clients develop and sell podcast ideas.

King comes from SiriusXM, where he had been since 2015. He was the director of sports programming and helped create podcasts for the company featuring high profile talent including Let’s Go with Tom Brady and Larry Fitzgerald and Digging Up the Past with Christopher “Mad Dog” Russo.

Prior to joining SiriusXM, Andy King spent 15 years in Miami. Before leaving, he had risen to program director at 560 WQAM.

The Buchwald Agency largely deals with clients from the entertainment world. The hiring of King is expected to bolster Buchwald Sports, the division of the company that represents athletes, coaches, and broadcasters.

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Dave Portnoy Tells Business Insider CEO He Is ‘Piece Of S*** Coward’

“Despite objections from the moderator, Dave Portnoy got out his entire question before his mic was muted.”

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Dave Portnoy is not going to move on from his hate of Business Insider. The Barstool founder joined a Twitter Spaces session on Thursday night where the public had a chance to talk to Business Insider CEO Henry Blodget.

The event was hosted by the New York Times. Blodget was part of a panel discussing issues facing the business community.

“So yeah, I saw that piece of shit Henry Blodget’s on there,” Portnoy said when his mic went live. “My first question’s why would a piece of shit who’s been banned by the SEC from talking about stocks be on there. My second question is hey Henry, you f***ing coward, you know everything you wrote about me was bullshit. Why don’t you ever sit down with me you f***ing piece of shit coward. That’s my question.”

Despite objections from the moderator, Dave Portnoy got out his entire question before his mic was muted. No answer came. The moderator apologized to Blodget and ended the event.

The accusations of Blodget being banned by the SEC from discussing financial advice are true. Portnoy was referncing fraud charges that Blodget settled in 2003 when he was a Wall Street analyst.

Business Insider has ran a salacious piece about Portnoy’s sex life in November. It included accusations of misconduct from three women that claimed consensual sexual encounters with Portnoy took a dark turn without their consent.

Dave Portnoy has maintained the story is not true. He has also threatened to sue Blodget, Business Insider and the story’s author Julia Black.

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