Qatar's sports broadcasting network retained the rights to air all English Premier League games for another three years in the Middle East.
Qatar , Qatar
18 December 2020, 12:00 AM
31 December 2020, 12:00 AM
Qatar's sports broadcasting network retained the rights to air all English Premier League games on Thursday for another three years in the Middle East amid a long-running dispute with Saudi Arabia over the pirating of broadcasts.
Doha-based beIN Sports has pursued action against the Saudis to stop them allegedly facilitating the bootlegging of its output in a proxy of the Gulf economic and diplomatic boycott of Qatar.
The dispute contributed to ruin the attempt by Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund to buy northeast English club Newcastle this year.
There were unverified reports that Saudi Arabia was going to launch its own bid to show games in the region, but the Premier League agreed at a meeting of clubs on Thursday to hand BeIN another $500 million, three-year deal to show all 380 matches in the Middle East and North Africa from 2022 to 2025.
BeIN chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi said in a league statement, “This deal demonstrates that rights-holders who do the most to protect their intellectual property, also do the most to protect the value of their media rights.”