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EXCLUSIVE: IMG awarded six-figure damages from TUI in Fifa in-ship rights case

TUI Mein Schiff 4 cruise ship, seen in Lisbon in 2018 (Photo by Horacio Villalobos - Corbis/Getty Images)

The IMG agency has been awarded damages to compensate for lost rights fees in its lawsuit against the German arm of TUI Cruises following its live broadcasts of 2018 Fifa World Cup and 2019 Women’s World Cup matches on cruise ships in international waters, SportBusiness understands.

IMG Media took legal action after TUI took the unencrypted signals from German public-service broadcasters ARD and ZDF via Astra satellites to show matches from the two tournaments. Fifa, football’s global governing body, was added as the second plaintiff in the case but announced last month that it had resolved its dispute with TUI.

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