Premier League

New EPL chief open to ‘Premflix’ streaming product

The English Premier League (EPL) will consider launching a direct-to-consumer streaming product, said new CEO Richard Masters. Masters, facing the press for the first time since his full-time appointment to the position in December 2019, said that the idea of a ‘Premflix’ product – which would see Premier League matches available for the first time […]

China pulls Arsenal match following star’s controversial tweets

CCTV, the Chinese state broadcaster, did not air the English Premier League game between Arsenal and Manchester City on December 15 following controversial posts on social media from Arsenal player Mesut Özil.  The German Özil posted criticism of China’s persecution of Uighur Muslims. Writing about the Chinese-controlled Xinjiang, the player said: “Qurans are burned, mosques […]

Barcelona tops pile of La Liga TV earners

La Liga has revealed how much money each team from the top two tiers of Spanish football received for the 2018/19 season.  Unsurprisingly, league winners and Champions League semi-finalists Barcelona sit atop the list with TV earnings of €165.5 million, while Real Madrid are in second with €155.3 million. Athletico Madrid in third with €119.2 […]

Premier League turns to Masters as CEO

Interim English Premier League boss Richard Masters has been made the organisation’s permanent CEO. Masters had been acting in the role for the past 18-months following the retirement of Richard Scudamore. His appointment was confirmed following a conference call vote on December 12.  The newly-appointed CEO is the third person to accept the role since […]

Amazon significantly increases Premier League’s domestic exposure

Amazon’s ownership of some Premier League rights has increased the competition’s reach by a third. According to figures from Ampere analysis, Amazon – which reportedly paid £90 million for 20 live matches per season through to 2022 – has extended the reach of live coverage to nearly three-quarters of domestic fans.  According to the study, […]

Sky to challenge BT for Champions League

Comcast-owned Sky is planning to challenge BT’s ownership of the UK broadcast rights to the Champions League.  According to Bloomberg, the broadcaster is looking to re-acquire the rights that BT has solely held since 2015. The report claims that BT did not expect to be challenged in bidding for the rights from 2021-24. BT shocked […]

ISD seller jailed and fined US$170,000

In a landmark case, an electronics retailer in Singapore has been convicted of selling illegal streaming devices (ISDs). Synnex Trading, along with director Jia Xiaofeng, have been found guilty of four criminal charges of copyright infringement. The company was found to be selling devices that provided access to illegal broadcasts of entertainment content, specifically Premier […]

Top football bodies express frustration on BeoutQ inaction

A group of top-tier international football organisations have collectively issued a condemnation of Saudi pirate organisation BeoutQ and have called on the country’s government to take action. FIFA, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), Germany’s Bundesliga, Spain’s La Liga, The English Premier League and Italy’s Serie A have issued a statement condemning BeoutQ. In a carefully […]

EPL piracy costs £1m per match in lost sponsorship value

English Premier League clubs and sponsors are losing an unprecedented amount of money to piracy. According to a study from sponsorship valuation firm GumGum Sports and digital piracy authority MUSO, pirating of the English Premier League is costing £1 million in ‘uncaptured sponsorship media value’ per match.  The study, which was carried out “at the […]

Star Sports renews Premier League rights in India

Indian broadcaster Star Sports has been awarded exclusive broadcast rights to the Premier League in the country for three seasons from 2019/20 to 2021/22. The broadcaster, which already shows the competition, has renewed its contract to air 250 Premier League matches throughout each season live across the network and beam all 380 matches live on […]

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