Gazprom Media-owned Match TV has retained its Russian Premier League domestic rights, paying an increase of about 320 per cent after a hard-fought behind-the-scenes battle to avoid an open tender.

Match TV has doubled down on its aggressive sports rights acquisition strategy, paying a stratospheric increase to reclaim English Premier League rights in Russia.

Russian state-owned bank Sberbank has signed a "preliminary cooperation agreement" with agency Telesport that the bank says will lead to its acquisition of the company