Kevin Meyer, the CEO of international subscription streaming service DAZN, has reiterated his interest in acquiring media rights to the Premier League.
Speaking at the Royal Television Society Convention in Cambridge this week, the CEO confirmed that providing coverage of the Premier League was still on his company’s agenda.
As reported by Reuters, Meyer remarked: “We would love to have EPL ultimately, how we get there, there are many paths to get there.”
The outlet also revealed that Meyer had not ruled out a possible takeover of current Premier League rights holder BT Sport in order to gain broadcasting privileges to the English top-flight.
“I’m philosophical about it, whatever makes most sense. BT Sport is a great business,” he continued, whilst adding that ‘It’s really quiet’ when asked whether any deals were being negotiated with regards to a stake in BT Sport, which announced it had plans to sell a share earlier this year.
A number of parties are reportedly interested in acquiring a stake in the subscription-based sports broadcaster – which not only covers the Premier League but other major tournaments such as The Ashes, Ligue 1 and Serie A – although ITV bowed out of the contest in May.
The rights to the Premier League are currency held by the aforementioned broadcaster in addition to Sky Sports, Amazon Prime and BBC Sport.
For DAZN, acquiring the UK rights to the league would represent a significant expansion of its domestic football offering, building on its deal with Serie A earlier this year to broadcast the tournament in Italy, beating rival bids from both Amazon and Sky Italia.
However, the company was unable to bid for the media rights to the Premier League covering the 2022/23 to 2024/25 cycle, after the UK government approved the top-flight’s decision to scrap the tender process and automatically renew its current licencing arrangements, in part due to the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Despite this, DAZN maintains a healthy sporting portfolio, particularly in the boxing scene where it maintains a contract with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing, which now includes coverage of next week’s heavyweight title clash between Anthony Joshua and Oleksandyr Usyk.