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Sports rights-holders are increasingly gloomy about their prospects of maintaining rights-fee values in the Middle East and North Africa after recent developments in the rancorous three-year dispute between Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

At stake is the future funding of elite sport through the sale of media rights.

A consortium of major rights-holders is about to launch legal action in the Saudi courts against the beoutQ pirate broadcast operation, which the rights-holders believe is backed by the Saudi government., SportBusiness Media understands.

BeIN Media Group’s public statement on February 8 that it had dropped Formula One because of the rights-holder’s inaction over the threat posed by the Saudi beoutQ pirate service has caused widespread concern among rights-holders. But it may not be enough to push them into legal action against beoutQ.

A lack of regional competition is weighing on the Asian Football Confederation’s prospects this year for securing a significant uplift in Middle East and North Africa media rights revenues in the 2021 t…

Saudi Arabia is appealing a World Trade Organization ruling that it has failed to protect intellectual property rights with regards the activities of pirate service beoutQ

Premier League chief executive Richard Masters has said that the UK government has not put the Premier League under pressure to approve the proposed £300m (€330m/$371.2m

Saudi Arabian sports bodies have written to a number of international federations to stress their commitment to protecting intellectual property rights following last week’s ruling by the World Trade O…

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has ruled that Saudi Arabia actively promoted and supported pirate broadcaster beoutQ in contravention of the country's obligations under international law to protect…