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State broadcaster agrees new three-year Algerian league rights deal

EPTV, the public broadcaster in Algeria, has reached an exclusive new rights agreement with Algeria’s Professional Football League (LFP) across the next three seasons.

The deal, which runs from 2020-21 to 2022-23, was signed yesterday (Thursday) by EPTV chief executive Ahmed Bensebane and LFP president Abdelkrim Medouar.

The agreement replaces the existing three-season deal that was announced midway through the 2019-20 campaign.

EPTV has become embroiled in payment disputes with the LFP and member clubs in recent seasons.

Upon the announcement of the new agreement, the LFP said that the outstanding payments issue relating to the previous two seasons was raised and that Bensebane “reassured” the league that the matter was in the process of being settled by Algeria’s Ministry of Finance.

The state broadcaster has previously withheld fees and bemoaned the football authorities’ lack of action in tackling the piracy of its coverage.

The LFP announced at the start of the 2017-18 campaign that it had generated DZD550m (€3.6m/$4.3m) in media rights revenues for that season.