No Live Sports on TV? Consumers Want a Refund – The New York Times

No Live Sports on TV? Consumers Want a Refund – The New York Times

The first sign of that collapse in America comes from DAZN, the sports streaming service that mostly shows boxing and baseball highlights in the United States, but is a major rightsholder in some other countries. DAZN has told some leagues it will defer payments for suspended or canceled competitions, according to two people familiar with the negotiations. Since it doesn’t receive payments from distributors as traditional television networks do, DAZN is attempting to conserve its cash.

“DAZN is a pure sport play — when sports stops, so do many parts of our business,” wrote Simon Denyer, the chief executive of DAZN, in an email to employees on Tuesday announcing furloughs. The news was first reported by the Sports Business Journal.

Regional sports networks, along with teams and leagues, face the biggest threat from a prolonged shutdown of live action, according to Moody’s Investor Service. If consumers balk at keeping subscriptions to sports networks, it “may affect affiliate fees unless their networks are part of the basic tier of pay TV,” wrote Moody’s in a recent research comment.

That is little help to television subscribers like Sanz.

She said she bought a Roku and is considering completely abandoning cable in favor of streaming. She has also called other companies that provide services she subscribes to, just to see if they would offer any discounts. When she reached Adobe, which charges her $39.99 each month for its Creative Cloud suite, she was given three free months. A small reprieve maybe, but significant.

“It does matter at this point, when there is no income coming into the house,” she said.

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