West Ham United fans may have to watch the club’s Europa League games elsewhere as a major takeover looms.
West Ham are in the Europa League group stages for the first time following their record breaking Premier League season last term.
And what a start David Moyes’s boys have made too with a superb 2-0 win away at Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb last week.
West Ham fans excited by club’s European adventure
The Hammers top Group H after one game and have been made third favourites to win the competition behind Leicester and Napoli.
West Ham’s European adventure is exciting the club’s fans. With tickets for away matches in the competition limited – most Hammers supporters have to tune in to BT Sport to watch the game live.
But West Ham fans could soon have to switch over to DAZN as the streaming site known as the ‘Netflix of sport’ edges closer to a major buyout of BT Sport.
Hammers fans could have to watch Europa League games elsewhere amid huge takeover bid
According to the likes of The Mirror, the deal is expected to be concluded within a matter of weeks and would allow BT to focus their resources towards its mobile and internet services as it exits sports broadcasting.
DAZN is owned by the billionaire Sir Leonard Blavatnik and is aiming to grow its fledgling business in the UK market and views rights to show Premier League and UEFA European games as central to its development.
DAZN have become an increasingly big player in the European market. In March it secured a major coup by taking the rights to show Serie A matches in Italy from Sky Italia over a three-year agreement worth over £2 million.
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The company also secured the rights to Matchroom Boxing from Sky Sports earlier this year.
It is not clear whether West Ham – and sports fans in general – who already subscribe to BT Sport will have fork out for a new subscription to DAZN or what the price point will be.
And Hammers supporters aware of DAZN may be concerned after several high profile streaming performance issues during DAZN sporting events previously.
Any switch could happen as early as the current campaign but unclear whether West Ham fans would have to fork out for new subscription
According to The Mirror any announcement is likely to come with a pledge that it will improve its infrastructure.
The potential deal would mean DAZN have a ready-made production centre, with the BT Studios in London likely to be part of the agreement.
West Ham fans could find themselves tuning in to DAZN coverage this season as The Mirror reports that there is potential that any switch could happen as early as the current campaign.
Neither company is yet to comment publicly on the reports.
But it almost certainly won’t be concluded before West Ham next appear on BT Sport a week tomorrow when they play their second Europa League group game, this time at home to Rapid Wien of Austria.