Al Jazeera buys Premier league TV rights in Middle East & North Africa
Al Jazeera television said on Monday that it has secured the rights to air the English Premier League across the Middle East and North Africa for a further three years, extending to 2015-2016.
The pan-Arab network said the agreement makes it the "exclusive media rights holder to all 380 Barclays Premier League matches across all media platforms and devices in the MENA region that comprises 23 countries".
"We are extremely excited by the addition of the Barclays Premier League for the next three year cycle, the value that this can add to our customer proposition and extending further our portfolio of top European football," Al Jazeera Sport chairman Nasser al-Khelaifi said in a statement.
The League's chief executive, Richard Scudamore, also welcomed the deal.
"We are extremely pleased to welcome Al Jazeera Sport as a new partner in Middle East North Africa," he was quoted as saying.
"We look forward to working with them and are confident they will broadcast the Barclays Premier League in a comprehensive and innovative manner to our fans in the region."