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Al Jazeera Expands Into Sports

Al Jazeera Expands Into Sports

Al Jazeera, with Qatar's gas and oil wealth behind it, could put big money on the table to bid for British rights to the English Premier League - now mostly held by News Corp affiliate BSkyB.

April 25, 2012 2:56 by



Al Jazeera, with Qatar’s gas and oil wealth behind it, could put big money on the table to bid for British rights to the English Premier League – now mostly held by News Corp affiliate BSkyB.

Here is a summary of Al Jazeera’s move into sports coverage:

* Al Jazeera launched a sports news channel across the Middle East in November 2011 to coincide with the 15th anniversary of the channel. Its first sports channel, dedicated to live sports coverage, was launched in 2003.

* In the past 10 months, Al Jazeera has spent about 300 million euros ($400 million) scooping up broadcast rights to France’s soccer league, the Champions League and Europa League.

* The broadcaster is racing to launch a French channel in June 2012 in time for the European soccer championships, offering a service for about 11 euros per month, according to three industry sources.
(Compiling by David Cutler, London Editorial Reference Unit; Editing by David Holmes)



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