Ben Jacobs has dropped an update on beIN that could impact the proposed takeover of Newcastle United by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) group.
As per a tweet from the sports journalist, the rumoured talks between the government of the KSA and beIN Sports about lifting their ban are ‘not true’, although ‘the hope is’ is that they will be able to return to broadcasting in the Kingdom in the near future.
Are the Premier League to blame for the Newcastle takeover collapse?
Jacobs also added that as things stand, the Qatari broadcaster have an arbitration case in London with the Saudi government mostly concerning the damages of beoutQ, and even though they are expected to, the Saudis have not formally dropped their World Trade Organization (WTO) appeal, with the ban remaining in place, for now.
How could this affect the Newcastle takeover?
If the KSA were to once again give access to beIN for their residents, then it could certainly be looked at as another step in the right direction in terms of trying to get a prospective deal between Mike Ashley and the Saudi consortium back on track.
There is a strained relationship between the Saudis and the Premier League over the illegal streaming of games from the top flight in the Kingdom, given that beIN is banned, but those concerns would surely be eased if the Saudis were to start showing live matches legally again, through beIN, one of their top-paying rights holders.
It is anyone’s guess how big of a factor piracy has played, and will continue to play, in the troubles surrounding a possible takeover of Newcastle, but the unbanning of beIN from the KSA would surely be a step in the right direction.
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