The EFL Blackout, DAZN, Buzzer and FX Digital

Feb 23, 06:00 AM

SportsPro chief executive Nick Meacham is joined by a returning (and somewhat broken hearted) Chris Stone for a StreamTime Podcast which dives into a topic that infuriates fans, broadcasters and rights holders in equal measure - the UK's Saturday afternoon live soccer blackout.

As Stone tries to move past the defeat of his beloved Cincinnati Bengals in the Super Bowl, the StreamTime regulars are joined by SportsPro digital editor Tom Bassam for a initial review of Meacham's interview with Socios chief executive Alexandra Dreyfus on the previous week's episode.

The discussion then moves on to the UK's peculiar live soccer broadcast rules, with Bassam providing some context via his recent feature on the English Football League's (EFL) iFollow streaming platform. The pod then opens up the discussion to the wider possibilities for the industry should the UK ditch the blackout, including what a Premier League 'RedZone' might look like.

Finally, the trio close the show with some analysis of the DAZN's recent deal with mobile live look-in streaming platform Buzzer.

In part two, SportsPro media and technology editor Steve McCaskill speaks to Matthew Duhig, the co-founder and managing director of FX Digital about the streaming solutions firm's work in the space.

And more good news! The SportsPro Podcast has been nominated for a Sports Podcast Award. If you like what you hear, please vote for us in the Best Sports Business Podcast category here. Please note that you will have to register first.