Football

Published: Saturday February 22, 2014 MYT 10:21:00 PM
Updated: Saturday February 22, 2014 MYT 10:42:33 PM

Three vying for RM200m M-League broadcasting rights

Sarawak's Joseph Kalang Tie is challenged by two Perak players in their Super League match last week. The M-League broadcasting rights is now priced at RM200mil for four years.

Sarawak's Joseph Kalang Tie is challenged by two Perak players in their Super League match last week. The M-League broadcasting rights is now priced at RM200mil for four years.

PETALING JAYA: Three major broadcast companies are closing in on a lucrative deal with the FA of Malaysia (FAM) for the M-League’s broadcasting rights.

FAM general-secretary Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin on Saturday revealed that three companies will make their final bid proposals next month.

Malaysian pay-TV operator Astro’s four-year broadcasting rights deal, totalling RM120mil, with FAM is set to expire this year.

It is learnt that Asian cable sports network Fox Sports Asia is keen to secure the M-League rights, and so is Malaysian integrated media investment group Media Prima.

The bids for the broadcast rights was discussed at the FAM finance and executive committee meeting which was chaired by FAM deputy president Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah at Wisma FAM on Saturday.

Sources revealed that FAM’s asking price per season for the M-League’s broadcasting rights, which includes the Super League, Premier League and FAM League, has gone up to RM50mil per season which means a total of RM200mil for four years.

“Definitely there would be an increase in the valuation of the M-League. This is the norm everywhere in the world,” said Hamidin.

“We have three companies in the final stage of the bidding process which will be held on March. I can’t reveal more as the bidding process is not completed yet.”

Hamidin added that the FAM will hold their final exco meeting for the term on April 19 before the FAM’s 50th Congress, scheduled for May 25.

“A final exco meeting will be held to endorse the accounts for the Congress. The 90 days notice of the meeting for the Congress will be sent to the affiliates on Monday,” he added.

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Fox Sports Asia eyeing M-League rights?

Tags / Keywords: football, M-League, Hamidin Mohd Amin, FAM, Football Association of Malaysia, broadcasting rights, Astro, Media Prima, Fox Sports Asia

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