BeIN Sports set to seal World Cup rights

French pay-television broadcaster beIN Sports is close to agreeing a sublicensing deal with commercial broadcaster TF1 for rights to the 2014 Fifa World Cup national football team tournament, according to weekly newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche.

The deal will include at least 36 of the tournament’s 64 games, but beIN Sports wants to acquire rights covering all matches, the report added.

A source told the newspaper that the final details of the deal – including how many of the games would be shown live and how many would be broadcast on a delayed basis – were being ironed out.

French public-service broadcaster France Télévisions has already said that it is more interested in rights for the Uefa Euro 2016 national team tournament, which will take place in France.