The reason LeSports will not be broadcasting the English FA Cup final in Hong Kong is because it defaulted on a scheduled payment, the sports broadcasting rights company involved claimed.
According to news report in southchinamorningpost.com, LeTV, the television arm of troubled Chinese company LeEco, shocked Hong Kong football fans this week when it announced it would not be showing the game, citing “programme adjustments”. TVB has since stepped in to air the match.
“The only reason why LeTV didn’t broadcast the FA Cup Final is their payment default,” claimed a source at MP & Silva, a leading international media rights company.
“Despite having been granted several payment reductions and payment referrals, LeTV didn’t comply with promises they made in the last couple of months.
“In a last attempt to get access to the TV signal of the FA Cup Final, LeTV promised to deliver a bank guarantee, but failed to comply with this promise as well.
A spokesperson for LeSports in Hong Kong said the company had “no further comment or information” on the matter.
LeSports’ move prompted anger among subscribers. The company said it would compensate affected users by offering them a three-month free subscription to their ‘Super Sports’ package.