As per the tweet, the journalist said that “one thing the Premier League did confirm” to the Chronicle is that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) are currently not in a position to bid for the rights to broadcast games from the English top flight for at least a couple of years.
Ryder also added that, as it currently stand,s there is no legal means of watching the Tyneside club in the KSA for the 2020/21 season.
One thing the Premier League did confirm (to the Chronicle) was that Saudi Arabia are not in a position to bid for the rights for Premier League coverage for a couple of years. As it stands there is no legal way to watch Newcastle in Saudi Arabia next season. [Lee Ryder] #NUFC
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) July 18, 2020
Indeed, this follows the news that the KSA have banned beIN Sports from broadcasting in their country, leaving residents of the KSA with no legitimate way to watch any football game from the English top flight (via BBC).
The Qatari broadcasters are the only company in the Middle East to hold legitimate rights to show live matches from the Premier League, meaning that residents of the KSA will not legitimately be able to watch these games in the country.
Nevertheless, Ryder has played down the possibility of the Saudis bidding for the rights to show these league games for a couple of years at least.
The buying side of the prospective takeover includes the KSA crown prince Mohammed bin Salman and his country’s Public Investment Fund, who have agreed a £300m deal with Mike Ashley to buy out the Magpies, but it looks like the Saudis may not be able to tune in to the Premier League if the bid is completed.
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However, everything remains speculative up until this point until a final decision on the takeover is made by the Premier League.
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