BeIN Media Group retains Premier League rights in Mena region

BeIN Media Group has agreed a three-season extension to its broadcast rights deal for football’s English Premier League in the Middle East and North Africa region.

Under the terms of its deal, beIN Sports will continue as the Premier League’s rights partner in Mena from the 2016-17 to 2018-19 seasons of the top division of English football.

“The Premier League attracts large audiences and it continues to top our viewership ratings,” Nasser Al-Khelaifi, chairman and chief executive of beIN Media Group, said.

“We look forward to work together with the Premier League to provide the most attractive and comprehensive coverage experience.”

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