Russian Premier League commences extension talks with Match TV

The Russian Premier League, the top division of domestic football, has opened talks over extending its rights deal with privately-held broadcaster Match TV.

Premier League president Sergey Pryadkin said negotiations have commenced, but added that the organisation is open to other offers.

“We have a year’s contract (left) with Match TV, we have already started negotiations on further cooperation,” Pryadkin said, according to the R-Sport website.

In September 2015, the Premier League signed a three-season deal with pay-television broadcaster NTV Plus, which also acquired international rights for the 2015-16 to 2017-18 campaigns.

The NTV Plus channels have since fallen under the Match TV banner and have been rebranded.