When did Saudi Arabia ban beIN Sports?
summer of 2017.
– What is the importance of the Qatari “BN Sport” network?
It owns the rights to broadcast major international, world and continental tournaments.
The Saudi authorities are close to lifting the ban imposed on Qatar-owned beIN Sports channels, which may end a contentious issue between the two countries, pointing out that this paves the way for a Saudi acquisition of Newcastle United,
A source familiar with the matter told AFP on Wednesday evening that “the illegal ban of Saudi Arabia over four and a half years for BN will end,” in reference to the improvement in relations between Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
He added, “Riyadh is seeking to settle a $1 billion Qatari arbitration lawsuit regarding the exposure of its channels to piracy by broadcasting several sporting events, especially European football matches, by the (beoutQ) channel, while Riyadh denied any connection with it.”
In turn, the agency “Bloomberg” quoted an unnamed official, that “the Qatari BN Sport Group will no longer oppose Saudi Arabia’s purchase of Newcastle Football Club.”
Riyadh’s failure to take action against beoutQ was a major reason for the Premier League’s decision in 2020 to block a bid of up to $370 million to buy Newcastle United by a group that includes the Saudi Investment Fund.
It is noteworthy that the Qatari sports network, “beIN”, owns the rights to broadcast major continental and international tournaments, especially the English Premier League, La Liga, the French League, the European Champions League, and other competitions.
In 2017, the Saudi authorities banned the leading sports media group in the Arab world, with the beginning of the Gulf crisis when Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic relations with Doha and imposed an economic blockade on it, before the crisis ended with a reconciliation at the Saudi Al-Ula summit, early this year.
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