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13 January 2022 - 4:42 PM

The inside story of how the Premier League won its $213 million court battle

  • High court ruling after battle between Premier League and Chinese broadcaster PP Live Sports lays bare the extent to which overseas broadcasters submit to the most popular league in the world.
  • Chinese enraged after domestic broadcasters were given rebates after Covid, while it was left to broadcast two-thirds of games after midnight due to fixture changes.
  • Ruling also details impact of Chinese government’s restrictions on outbound currency flows after Covid. Payments curtailed “due to the breakdown of banking arrangements in Hong Kong during that period.”
  • Judge says expectation that contracts be rewritten because of pandemic “would lead to confusion and indeed chaos.”

When the British High Court ruled in favour of the Premier League earlier this week against Chinese broadcaster, PP Live Sports (PPL), over the collapse of one of its most lucrative TV deals, the judgement was notable not only for the sheer size of the award – at least $213 million – but what it revealed about the way the EPL handles its overseas broadcast contracts.

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