Gazprom Media (Russia)

Sports broadcaster Match TV has said it will launch a new pay-television channel to support its coverage of the top tier of domestic football, which has now rebranded to the Russian Premier Liga.

Match TV has held onto Russian Football Premier League domestic rights despite decreasing its overall investment in the league, TV Sports Markets understands.

Any new deal for domestic Russian Football Premier League rights will likely be completed next March at the earliest, far later than the November estimate of league president Sergey Pryadkin, TV Sports Markets understands.

Russian broadcasters VGTRK, Channel One and Match TV have agreed a deal with Fifa for rights to this year’s Confederations Cup, but wrangling over rights to the 2018 World Cup continues.

TV Sports Markets understands the Telesport agency has acquired rights in Russia to four Olympic Games, the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and is currently in negotiations with Fifa for rights to the 2018 World Cup.