Amazon shores up two-match Bundesliga rights package

Prime platform adds two games amid Eurosport's DFL contract dispute.

by Steven Impey

Amazon shores up two-match Bundesliga rights package

Amazon Prime Video has acquired further domestic broadcast rights to German soccer’s top-flight Bundesliga, in a deal for two additional matches that also covers Austria.

After agreeing a one-match contract with the German Football League (DFL) for Bayer Leverkusen’s 4-1 away victory over Werder Bremen on 18th May, Amazon has now picked up rights to two more games from the 2019/20 season.

The streaming service will now air Hertha Berlin v Union Berlin on 22nd May and FC Schalke v FC Augsburg on 24th May, with subscribers gaining access to both matches at no additional cost.

Following a similar move by DAZN, Amazon has acted to offset the impact of Eurosport's ongoing contractual dispute with the German soccer league’s organising body involving Prime's carriage deal with the pan European broadcaster. 

Prime subscribers previously had access to the Discovery-owned broadcaster's Bundesliga coverage in Germany and Austria as part of an agreement to carry the Eurosport Player streaming service on the Amazon platform.

With Eurosport seeking to cancel its €70 million (US$75.8 million) a year broadcaster deal with the DFL, Amazon has opened up direct conversations with the German soccer body to secure coverage outright.

“We are delighted to extend our Bundesliga offering for Prime members in Germany and Austria at no additional cost to their membership”, said Alex Green, Prime Video’s managing director for sport. “It is great that Prime members will be able to see the capital derby Hertha BSC vs Union Berlin as well as FC Schalke 04 vs FC Augsburg this weekend.”