Abu Dhabi and Dubai Sports channels pay Dh255m for Arabian Gulf League rights

Amith Passela reports on the Arabian Gulf League's broadcast rights deal signed Monday, a three-year contract with Abu Dhabi Sports and Dubai Sports channels.

ABU DHABI // The Pro League Committee has reached an agreement to renew the sale of its television broadcast rights for the Arabian Gulf League and associated competitions in an equal deal between Abu Dhabi and Dubai Sports channels for a sum of Dh255 million for three years.

The PLC contracted Abu Dhabi Media broadcast arm LIVE as its exclusive production company for the Arabian Gulf League, Arabian Gulf Cup, Arabian Gulf Super Cup and the U21 League for the next three years. Abu Dhabi Media is the publisher of The National.

“It is another positive step in the history of professional football in our nation, having begun our broadcasting relationship with Abu Dhabi and Dubai Sports Channels more than eight years ago,” said Abdullah Naser Al Junaibi, chairman of the PLC and vice chairman of the UAE Football Association, at Monday’s ceremony at the Bab Al Bahr Fairmont Hotel.

“The Arabian Gulf League is a national product which bears a prestigious name that is dear to us in this region,” said HE Mohamed Ebraheem Al Mahmood, chairman and managing director of Abu Dhabi Media.

“As part of our clear plan and wise leadership towards the aim of improving the standard of football, we must acknowledge and accept that encryption is part of the language of football and is an important component to achieving future success.”

Rashid Amiri, director of Dubai Sports Channels, stressed the partnership of Dubai Sports and Abu Dhabi Sports Channels would provide the best possible viewing content for the fans watching on screen.

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Published: September 5, 2016 04:00 AM