DAZN acquires live rights to PDC Home Tour in nine markets

Sports streaming service DAZN has acquired rights in each of its active markets to the recently-announced Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) Home Tour series.

The PDC Home Tour was announced yesterday and will begin this Friday, involving players competing against one another from their respective homes in the absence of regular-season events due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

DAZN has acquired the rights in each of its nine markets, namely Austria, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland, and the US.

The PDC Home Tour comprises 32 consecutive nights of live darts, with all PDC tour card-holders having been invited to compete. Players will compete against one another through live video calls in what will mark the PDC’s first-ever home-staged event.

The competition will also be streamed on the StreamAMG-powered PDCTV streaming platform to all registered users for free.

PDC chairman Barry Hearn is also the chairman of the Matchroom Sport agency and promotion, which holds an eight-year deal with DAZN across multiple territories for its boxing events.

Last month, Hearn said that he was continuing to look at ways to stage live events behind closed doors following the Covid-19 outbreak.