Télé Liban to broadcast World Cup for free in Lebanon
BEIRUT: A preliminary deal to acquire the broadcast rights of the FIFA 2018 World Cup has been reached between the Lebanese government and SAMA group, the sole distributor of BeIN Sports in Lebanon, a source familiar with the negotiations told Annahar Wednesday.
Under the deal, Lebanon's state-run TV station, Tele Liban, will screen the World Cup games free of charge through its local broadcast network.
The Lebanese government has been locked in negotiations with the global sports network to provide the games free of charge to football fans across Lebanon, Information Minister Melhem Riachy announced last month.
The source told Annahar that the deal is likely to be announced a few days before the highly-anticipated tournament kicks off on June 14, adding that both mobile network operators Alfa and Touch will split an estimated $5 million contract fee on behalf of the Lebanese government.
The success of the deal means that each household in Lebanon will avoid a charge of around $100 to secure access to beIN Sports channels, a sports industry source told Annahar.
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