Broadcast giant seeks to claw back “billions” after piracy scandal

14 September 2020

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Photo: PA Images "We have a multipronged legal approach, an investment arbitration against Saudi Arabia ongoing in which we will claim substantial damages in the billions. But more importantly it has left a legacy of piracy in the region and that is not going away.  And these beoutQ set top boxes are still deployed in Saudi Arabia and in other places in the region," says Sophie Jordan, beIN Media Group’s executive director of legal affairs.

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James Corbett corbett@offthepitch.com

A senior broadcast executive has warned that piracy and Covid are a “deadly combination for the industry of sports” as her company seek “billions” in compensation in the fall out of the Middle East piracy wars.

Sophie Jordan, beIN Media Group’s executive director of legal affairs, says that the broadcaster has “an investment arbitration against Saudi Arabia ongoing in which we will claim substantial damages in the billions” and refused to rule out further clawing rebates from sports bodies after beIN successfully claimed a €130 million rebate on Serie A coverage in June.

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