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SBD Global/November 27, 2013/Media

EPL Banning Domestic Coverage Of 3pm Matches Intended For International Viewing

The Premier League has reacted to the "problem of Saturday 3pm matches meant for overseas viewing" being broadcast in U.K. pubs by "banning some of the coverage," according to Charles Sale of the London DAILY MAIL. The numerous "breaches of media regulations forbidding televised Saturday afternoon football have led to sanctions -- after warnings -- against Al Jazeera, who have the Middle East rights, and Fox Sports Italia." The Italian broadcasters have been "stopped from transmitting" any Saturday 3pm kickoffs, while Al Jazeera only "covered one 3pm game at the weekend and did not show immediate goals from the other fixtures as their contract allows, much to the upset of subscribers." A Premier League spokesperson said, "We have become aware that live broadcasts of PL football intended for overseas territories are being transmitted in the U.K. We are working to address this and there will be some editorial changes while we do so" (DAILY MAIL, 11/26).
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