The growth in the value of Bundesliga TV rights has ended under a new four-year deal secured as the broadcasting industry grapples with the economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.
The German league on Monday is set to announce that Comcast-owned Sky and the DAZN streaming service will pay less than the 4.64 billion euros (around $5.2 billion) generated in the 2017-21 agreements, people with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press.
The people spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the deals ahead of the German league organization, known as the DFL, meeting on Monday to ratify the contracts.
The top games will be on Sky, which has the rights to 200 matches on Saturdays.
DAZN, which currently sub-licenses around 40 games from Eurosport, will be able to show 106 games across Fridays and Sundays from the 2021-22 season after securing a package in the auction with the league.
The lack of significant competition in the auction – particularly from Deutsche Telekom and Amazon – contributed to the inability to grow the value of rights. The last auction in 2016 saw a 85% surge in value in rights.
More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports