Premier League cancels $719Mn deal with Chinese broadcaster on non-payments

The Premier League have terminated their agreement for games to broadcast in China with its rights holder partner PPTV.

The decision comes off the back of reports that the Premier League were locked in a legal dispute with their Chinese broadcast partners.

It was claimed last month that rights holders Suning Holdings, who own PPTV, had withheld a payment of £160million that was due in March.

On Thursday the Premier League confirmed they had severed all ties with the broadcaster in China, announcing the news in a short statement.

“The Premier League confirms that it has today terminated its agreements for Premier League coverage in China with its licensee in that territory,” read the statement.

“The Premier League will not be commenting further on the matter at this stage.”

The broadcasting deal with Suning Holdings is believed to be the Premier League’s biggest overseas TV contract