DAZN acquires rights to PDC Home Tour in all nine markets
DAZN, the international over-the-top streaming service, has acquired rights in each of its active markets to the newly-announced Professional Darts Corporation Home Tour series.
The PDC Home Tour, which begins this evening, involves players competing against each other from their homes to entertain fans in the absence of regular season events due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The series will include 32 consecutive nights of live darts, with all PDC tour card-holders invited to compete. Reigning world champion Peter Wright (pictured) will open the schedule against Peter Jacques in Group One.
Players will compete against each other through live video calls, with four players featured each night in a league format, before a series of knockout rounds decides the eventual champion.
DAZN has acquired the rights in each of its nine markets: Austria, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and USA.
The competition will also be streamed on the StreamAMG-powered PDCTV platform.
PDC chairman Barry Hearn is also the chairman of the Matchroom Sport, the sport even promotions company, which holds an eight-year deal with DAZN across multiple territories for its boxing events.
Last month, Hearn said he was looking for ways to stage live events amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The PDC Home Tour was announced following the success of ‘Darts at Home’, which saw nine PDC players competing live on the PDC’s Facebook page and YouTube channel across two nights.
Gary Anderson, the Scottish two-time world champion, will not be competing in the Home Tour, however, after being forced to withdraw because his home WiFi connection is not strong enough.