International conflict: strike against Qatar sports channel

The political feud between Saudi Arabia and Qatar, which is also played strongly in the field of sport, is enriched by a further facet. So the Saudi competition

International conflict: strike against Qatar sports channel

The political feud between Saudi Arabia and Qatar, which is also played strongly in the field of sport, is enriched by a further facet. So the Saudi competition authority has withdrawn the in Europe, active sports broadcaster BeIN Sports from the small neighboring Emirate of the license for Transfers in the UK. Was established in the broadcasting ban with a "dominant position with monopolistic practices". In addition, the sports offshoot of Qatar to pay news channel Al Jazirah, a monetary penalty in the amount of $ 2.6 million.

Michael Ashelm

editor in the economy.

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especially popular are Affected by transfers. As BeIN Sports shows in Saudi Arabia (34 million inhabitants), the games of the English Premier League until the end of the season 2021/22. Also the Bundesliga has traditionally been broadcast in the UK live. On request, a spokeswoman for the German football League (DFL) announced that its subsidiary, for the international marketing, the Bundesliga internationally, negotiating currently with the leg on a further cooperation for the coming seasons. The Qatar of sports stations called in on the website "Sports Pro" - published opinion, the market ban "absurd".

Behind the confrontation is a year-long scramble. So 2017 has, after the Gulf of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates a political and economic Blockade against Qatar initiated had been, a pirate radio station into operation, the since then, high-profile sports events such as world Cup matches, Champions League, formula 1 or tennis tournaments – without having the rights. For most of the countries of the Arab world BeIN Sports. The pirate radio station operated on with a name that alludes to the isolated Emirate: BeoutQ. So: Be out of Qatar. The program has been aired over a satellite company Arabsat. The largest shareholder is Saudi Arabia.

Updated Date: 15 July 2020, 12:20

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