Cracks Appearing Between Broadcasters and Rights Holders

Cracks are starting to appear in the sense of “being in this together’ between sports rights holders and broadcasters.

International agency IMG are reported in SportBusiness International today to have withheld payment due on the rights to broadcast the FA Cup around the world outside of the UK and Ireland, Western Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

This deal was signed in 2016 and is reported to be worth in excess of €100 million a season to the FA.

With no dates yet rescheduled for a start back to football anywhere in Europe, there are a number of contracts that are being looked at and revised, either unilaterally or with an agreement.

Canal Plus and BeIn Sports have withheld payment due for the rights to the French domestic League and DAZ-N, the international streaming companies are also understood to be informing rights holders that they will not be in a position to pay for content that is not delivered.

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