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Sony picks up raft of 2019 Fifa events in India subcontinent

Pay-television broadcaster Sony Pictures Networks has agreed a deal with Fifa for rights in the Indian subcontinent to a host of the world governing body’s 2019 events.

The deal includes rights to the 2019 editions of the Fifa Women’s World Cup; the Fifa U-20 World Cup, the Fifa U17 World Cup; and the Fifa Beach Soccer World Cup. As part of the deal, Sony has also acquired rights to Fifa’s archive content across the region.

The new deal covers India, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Maldives.

Fifa is yet to sell rights to the 2022 men’s World Cup in the region. Sony held the rights to both the last two World Cups; in 2014 and 2018.

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