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DAZN CEO Steps Down

Simon Denyer is leaving his role as chief executive of DAZN Group, according to SportBusiness. The move comes amid an executive restructure which increased the involvement of Access Industries, DAZN’s parent company.

DAZN executive chairman John Skipper sent an internal memo to the staff Monday announcing the move.

“[Access Industries owner Len Blavatnik] has asked Simon Denyer to assume a new role at Access Industries to advise on new ventures in sport,” Skipper said.

James Rushton, the current chief revenue officer, will replace Denyer, who will take an investment role at Access Industries. These changes will take effect immediately.

DAZN found itself in the news in April when it told sports leagues it would not pay rights fees for any games or content suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, per Sports Business Journal. DAZN, which is subscription-based, has been hit particularly hard in the U.S. since its boxing content has been on a hiatus.

During the pandemic, as Outkick reported, Pat McAfee parted ways with the streaming service.

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