Russian Football Premier League (RFPL)

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

Match TV and Gazprom Media’s inability to pay an increase for Russian Football Premier League rights has opened the door for new players, one of which has offered RUB 11bn (€145m/$175m) over five seasons

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.

Sky renewed its deal for European club rugby and picked up Russian Premier League rights after a four-year hiatus.

The Russian government’s move to create a sports broadcast monopoly, as well as the depreciation of the rouble, hit the income of the Russian Premier League in last month’s deal with Gazprom Media.

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