Judge threw out Chinese Broadcaster's case because league resumed after pause
China-headquartered broadcaster PPTV must pay at least £156 million to the English Premier League as a result of its abandoned broadcast deal, the High Court in London has ruled.
The deal had been terminated because PPTV failed to pay two instalments of its rights fees. PPTV justified this by citing the league’s 100-day pause – due to the global coronavirus outbreak – in early 2020.
But the High Court dismissed PPTV’s case, saying the league did eventually resume.
Judge Peter Fraser ordered PPTV’s parent company PPLive Sports International to pay the outstanding payments of US$210.3 million and US$2.673 million, along with interest and legal costs.