Eddie Hearn's Matchroom Leaves Sky Sports, Strikes 'Game-Changing' Deal With DAZN
Eddie Hearn has officially LEFT Sky Sports and taken his star-studded Matchroom roster to DAZN in a 'game-changing' deal.
DAZN and Matchroom have struck a five-year global contract which starts next month.
Starting July 1, we'll be the global home of @MatchroomBoxing :earth_africa:- DAZN Boxing (@DAZNBoxing) June 3, 2021
. . :flag_bi:- Matchroom Boxing (@MatchroomBoxing) June 3, 2021
Our UK fight nights and World-class roster are heading to @DAZNBoxing beginning July 2021 starting with Fight Camp :punch: pic.twitter.com/OD5MGRqHCC
The sports streaming platform will be the new home of Matchroom and its fighters - including a groundbreaking move that will see at least 16 UK events annually, exclusively to subscribers in the UK and Ireland.
A second installment of Matchroom Fight Camp will begin the promotion's era on DAZN from July 31, with three back-to-back weekends of fights.
DAZN will cost an initial monthly price of £1.99 in the UK and €1.99 in Ireland.
GAME. CHANGED. Today is a monumental day for our business, our fighters and the sport of boxing in the UK. Thank you for all your support over the Years - get ready for one hell of a ride! @MatchroomBoxing x @DAZNBoxing pic.twitter.com/u7g8gzvnLz- Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) June 3, 2021
All Matchroom events in the UK will be exclusively aired on DAZN other than Dillian Whyte and Anthony Joshua, who reportedly has one fight left on his Sky Sports deal.
It is unclear whether the unified world heavyweight champion will follow his promoter Hearn to DAZN once his contract is up.
According to the Athletic, if Joshua or Whyte are to appear on DAZN in the UK, those deals will be need to be separately negotiated a la carte.
Speaking about Matchroom's deal with DAZN, Hearn said: "We have made the monumental decision to sign a historic 5-year deal with sports streaming giant DAZN.
"This means that our UK events will now be broadcast live on DAZN along with all Matchroom shows across the world.
"Pushing the boundaries is something we will always continue to do and we needed a partner that shared our vision for boxing, and who was also willing to make the investment to make those dreams a reality.
"This is also an amazing opportunity for our newly formed production and content business, Matchroom Media, who will now be responsible for live production across our events, working in close collaboration with DAZN and enabling us to form a cradle to grave mindset across inception to completion of our shows so we can deliver the live event experience to the viewer in the narrative and style in which we have built it.
"As we continue Matchroom's expansion worldwide, this new deal will enable us to further cement DAZN as THE unrivalled global home of boxing.
"Our aim, alongside DAZN, is to create the biggest and best live fight nights and deliver a viewing experience that is truly game-changing."
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