OTT & Digital

DAZN scores Copa del Rey final rights in multiple territories

Discovery also lands Spanish cup showpiece in Denmark.

by Steven Impey

DAZN scores Copa del Rey final rights in multiple territories

International sports streaming service DAZN has secured exclusive rights to Spain's Copa del Rey final in four markets, including Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Japan.

The subscription-based platform has also gained non-exclusive rights to the fixture in Italy, while US media giant Discovery will broadcast the match in Denmark via its 6-eren channel, as well as its over-the-top (OTT) streaming platform, Eurosport Player.

The final will see La Liga champions Barcelona take on Valencia on Saturday, 25th May as Spanish soccer’s premier cup competition culminates at the Benito Villamarín Stadium, in Seville.

Jacopo Tonoli, DAZN’s chief commercial officer, said: “With a stacked football offering across Japan, Italy and Dach, DAZN fans can now watch two of the best teams from Spain battle it out in the Copa del Rey final.

“Such prestigious tournaments like the Copa del Rey are critical to keeping fans all of sports, leagues and teams continually engaged in our product and we look forward to giving fans all the action.”

In regard to domestic rights, Mediapro announced on 20th April that it had won a court case against the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) to reopen the tender process after the national soccer body had excluded Spanish multimedia agency from the original bidding.

However, the RFEF has denied it has received any communication from the court that put the tender into question, saying in a statement: 'The Royal Spanish Football Federation awarded the rights to the RTVE on May 10, after fulfilling all the terms and conditions of the public tender opened for that purpose, in accordance with the Reports issued by the Commission. National Markets and Competition (CNMC)'.

The game itself sees Valencia seeking to win a first Copa del Rey title in more than ten years and deny Barcelona a domestic treble in the process.