We all know that the issue of piracy is the main stumbling block for redemption. BeIN SPORTS is the official Premier League partner and is losing wealth following an unprecedented scale of piracy via beoutQ satellite television.
The Daily Mail’s Craig Hope tweeted yesterday that the Premier League is expected to issue its verdict in favor of potential Newcastle owners shortly.
But the takeover saga took a full turn after the Saudi government permanently banned the Qatar-based Premier League broadcast partner in the Middle East from operating in the kingdom.
According to reports from The Guardian, BeIN’s £ 500m Premier League deal extends to 2022 and there is now no legal way for anyone in Saudi Arabia to watch the football league the most popular in the world so far.
They also fined them 10 million riyals (about £ 2.14 million) for violating Saudi competition law.
Matt Slater of The Athletic claimed on Twitter that the Saudis made a mistake. They did exactly the opposite of what they should do.
However, The Shields Gazette provided a fascinating glimpse into the latest complexity of the television deal.
They say the Saudis want to end all ties to BeinSports and are looking to buy Premier League broadcast rights in their own territory, especially since they are buying Newcastle United.
The report says the Saudi Telecom Company is the first to buy out the share of the Premier League agreement reached by BeIN, and they also want to buy rights for the entire region, outbidding on BeIN, if that is the case.
Many Newcastle fans turned to Twitter to express their reactions. Here are some of the selected tweets:
They want Saudi TV to broadcast PL football in the kingdom. Not through a company based in Qatar.
– Liam Kennedy (@ LiamJKennedy23) July 14, 2020
You know…. It is only a feeling but …… ..
I don’t think these boys will settle for an average table… # NUFCTakeover
– SHADES OF 96 (@ ShadesOf96) 14 juillet 2020
It seems to me that it has the effect of making the league make a lot more money and killing piracy at the same time. If the people in the league have only one brain cell with each other, then they should do that.
– James griffiths (@ Jamesgr03407364) 14 juillet 2020
It makes sense now with Richard Keys’ comments. He seemed defeated, as if he knew something like that had happened. BeIN now outside SA, and SA now with full control of PL rights. Seems like a win win for me. Then the agreement is made!
– George (@ GeBo84) July 14, 2020
He will always have a job, how long is the matter however.
This is the first part of the MENA region rupture? If other countries follow Saudi Arabia, Bein will be left with very little, especially if they lose rights when television rights are won next year
– zapaz (@ zapaz66) July 14, 2020
I suppose they could have contractual negotiations because they have the law over their country. The contract cannot be executed because Bein is now terminated in SA. No one can sell rights from other countries
– Jordan Wade (@ LionLien5984) 14 juillet 2020
If Saudi Arabia steps in, you can almost be sure they will push for ME exclusivity when BeIn’s contract is completed. At worst, they will want to be the main distributors.
– Matthew (@ JB4t00n) July 14, 2020
If this is true, it would be a very positive development.
– g (@Gtkunstman) July 14, 2020