[The Epoch Times, January 12, 2022](Comprehensive report by The Epoch Times reporter Wang Xiang)The Premier LeagueOn Tuesday (January 11), it won a related lawsuit against Chinese broadcaster PPTV, the London High Court ruledPP SportscompensationPremier League£156 million (approximately $213 million).
According to the British media “Daily Mail” (Daily Mail) reported at the time, according to the agreement, PP Sports needs to pay 80% of the full three-year copyright period to the Premier League in March 2020, about 400 million pounds.
Previously, Suning Group, the parent company of PP Sports, had paid the Premier League a copyright fee of 265 million pounds, but due to the epidemic, Suning did not pay the remaining amount (about 160 million pounds), which eventually led to the termination of the cooperation between the two parties.
Chinese domestic media reported that due to the postponement of matches caused by the CCP virus (COVID-19) epidemic in the first half of 2020, Suning believes that it has paid 50% of the copyright period fee to the Premier League, but the Premier League has only executed 20% Therefore, I hope to negotiate with the Premier League officials whether to “discount” or delay the payment of the copyright price, but this proposal was rejected by the Premier League officials, and the two sides collapsed.
British judge Peter Fraser ruled on Tuesday that PP Sports owes the Premier League £154m and £1.958m respectively as part of the deal’s live and clip package agreement, along with overdue interest.
The Premier League responded in a statement: “The Premier League welcomes today’s decision by the High Court on the non-payment of fees by its former Chinese broadcast partner PPLive.
“The Premier League will enforce contractual rights vigorously when there are no other options.”
The statement also said that the threshold for a summary judgment application is high, and the judge believes that PP Sports “lacks a real basis for winning”, and the decision also highlights the factual basis of the Premier League in this case.
Responsible editor: Lin Yan#