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beIN Sports (/ˈb.ɪn/) is a global network of sports channels owned and operated by beIN Media Group, a spinoff of Al Jazeera Media Network.

beIN Sports
BeIN Sports.png
Launched 1 June 2012
Owned by beIN Media Group
Country Middle East & North Africa
United States
New Zealand
Hong Kong
Language Arabic
Headquarters Doha (Arabia channels)
Houston (North America channels)
Paris (French channels)
Barcelona (Spanish channels)
Jakarta (Indonesian channels)
Istanbul (Turkish channels)
Bangkok (Thai channels)
Manila (Philippine channels)
Kuala Lumpur (Malay channels)
Hong Kong (Mandarin channels)
Formerly called beIN Sport (2012–2013)
Al Jazeera Sport (in MENA) (2003–2013)
Lig TV (in Turkey) (2001–2017)
Sister channel(s) beIN Sports MENA
beIN Sports France
beIN Sports USA
beIN Sports Canada
beIN Sports Australia
beIN Sports Spain

beIN currently operates three full-time channels in France (where beIN Sports was launched for the first time) – beIN Sports 1, beIN Sports 2, beIN Sports 3 and 7 additional channels named beIN Sports MAX (4 to 10) – and launched two channels in the United States (English and Spanish) in August 2012.[1] It launched a live online streaming service in Canada in October 2013 which was followed by a full channel launch on 31 January 2014, after several years of delays due to the regulatory environment in Canada. It currently operates one channel and beIN Sports MAX 1-8 in Spain dedicated to football from July 2015 owned by beIN Media Group but operated by Mediapro.

In France, beIN Sports holds the rights to broadcast major football tournaments on French television, including Ligue 1, Serie A, Bundesliga, the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Europa League and the European Football Championship.

In the United States and Canada, beIN Sports holds the rights to broadcast La Liga, Serie A, Ligue 1, Copa del Rey (excluding the final), CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers and Football League Championship matches and Real Madrid TV, in addition to the major motorcycle road racing championships (MotoGP, World Superbike, MotoAmerica).[2]

In Indonesia, beIN Sports holds the rights to broadcast La Liga, Ligue 1, Major League Soccer (MLS), and with MP & Silva partnership broadcasting Premier League until 2019.

In Malaysia, beIN Sports offers comprehensive coverage of European Football Leagues including La Liga, Ligue 1 and more.

In Hong Kong, beIN Sports holds the rights to broadcast Serie A, Ligue 1, Major League Soccer (MLS), Football League Championship, Football League Cup, TIM Cup, Coupe de la Ligue, in addition to Spurs TV, Milan TV.

In Thailand, beIN Sports holds the rights to broadcast Premier League until 2019, La Liga, Serie A, Ligue 1, Major League Soccer (MLS), UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and more.

The channel launched in Australia in late November 2014, following the acquisition of Setanta Sports Australia which rebranded as beIN Sports.[3] beIN Sports Australia holds the rights to broadcast UEFA Champions League,[4] UEFA Europa League, Capital One Cup, La Liga, Serie A,[5] Ligue 1, Bundesliga, MLS and RBS Six Nations. On 14 March 2016, beIN Sports Australia expanded from one to three channels, all in HD, and as of 15 May 2016 has been made available to all Foxtel sport pack subscribers, rather than the original add-on cost for a single SD channel. Fetch subscribers still only have access to beIN Sports 1, which is an add-on cost each month.

beIN Connect, also known as beIN Sports Connect, is a subsidiary over-the-top content (OTT) service launched in 2014. It allows users to watch live and on-demand video content from a Mac, Windows PC, mobile phone, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 or PlayStation 4 via a broadband or Wi-Fi internet connection. On demand content comprises sports highlights, movies, and TV shows. beIN CONNECT is available as a paid service in France, Spain, United States, Canada and the MENA region.[6]



Al Jazeera Media Network entered the European television rights market in June 2011 when it purchased a package of live French football Ligue 1 matches from 2012 to 2016 for 90 million a year. The deal makes them joint broadcasters of domestic top-flight football in France alongside long-term rights holders Canal+.[7] The broadcaster also acquired the pay-TV rights to the UEFA Champions League, Europa League from 2012 to 2015, Euro 2012 and Euro 2016 in France.[8][9][10] France was targeted as Al Jazeera's first entry into Europe due to the fact that there were no dedicated sports channels, unlike in the United Kingdom.[11]

The name "beIN Sports" was first revealed in early 2012. According to Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the director of Al Jazeera Sports, the name "symbolises the mind of two channels aiming at bringing live and exclusive broadcasting of the biggest events."[12] Former Canal+ executive Charles Bietry was hired by Al Jazeera to launch the channels.[13] The channels will be available on all cable and IPTV providers and select satellite providers.[14] CanalSat – owned by Canal+ Group – has declined to carry the channels as of March 2012.[15]

beIN Sports 1 launched on June 1, 2012 in time to broadcast Euro 2012.[16] beIN Sports 2 launched on July 27, 2012 in time to broadcast the French Ligue 2 season, and before the start of the 2012–13 Ligue 1 season.[16]

On 31 December 2013, Al Jazeera Sports was spun off from Al Jazeera Media Network and also rebranded as beIN Sports.[17] The company is a private institution established by the Emir of Qatar in 2013.[18]

In June 2015, it was announced that Nasser Al-Khelaifi had plans to launch the beIN Sports channel on TV operators to cable in Brazil[19]

beIN Sports Spain officially began broadcasting on 1 July 2015, the date on which Gol Televisión ceased broadcasting all football games, which during the summer were in place under the slogan "Change the game", "Cambia el juego" in Spanish. Thanks to an alliance between Al Jazeera and Mediapro, beIN Sports Spain offers UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europe League, UEFA Super Cup, Premier League, Serie A, Primeira Liga, Jupiler Pro League, Ligue 1, DFB Pokal, Coupe de la Ligue, KNVB Beker, Johan Cruijff Shield, Copa de Brasil, CONCACAF Gold Cup, Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana. beIN Sports Spain can be viewed over the Internet, smart TV (LG and Samsung), PC, laptops, tablets, Smartphones (iOS/Android), PS3/PS4, Chromecast, TV Operators (Orange, Vodafone and Telecable) and online platforms (beIN Sports Connect, Total Channel and YouTube). On Wednesday August 19, due to the start of the playoffs of the UEFA Champions League, beIN Sports (Spain) begins to emit beIN Sports MAX (up to 8 simultaneous channels) to broadcast all matches of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europe League.

beIN Sports (Spain) offers customers Gol Televisión lost up to 30 June 2015 an exclusive promotion to watch beIN Sports through beIN Sports CONNECT, and through the app "TotalChannel". In addition, it also offer channels like FOX, AXN, TNT, and the best entertainment channels in HD for just €5/month for two months, then from the third month onwards €9.99/month. beIN Sports (Spain) launched a channel licensed for bars in Spain called "beIN Sports BAR".

From the 2016/2017 season and onwards, beIN Sports Spain has acquired the television rights to La Liga (Eight games a day, always one of Real Madrid or FC Barcelona) and Copa del Rey.

beIN Media Group acquired Digiturk in July 2015.

On November 1, 2017, beIN Sports will launch an Olympic Channel in the Middle East and North Africa region.[20]


English Language ServiceEdit

A list of the English language service personalities, which broadcasts to the Middle East, North Africa, Australia and New Zealand

Name Role Note
Richard Keys Anchor Presenter of Champions League Football
Angus Scott Anchor Presenter of Champions League Football
Andy Gray Analyst Analyst of English Premier League Football
Andy Kerr Anchor Presenter of The Club
Nicola Crosby Anchor Presenter of the Express
Aarran Summers Anchor Presenter of the News


In France, beIN Sports holds one of five rights packages for Ligue 1 from 2012 to 2016 – the package consisting of Friday night and Sunday evening matches. The other four packages are held by Canal+.[7] It also shows Ligue 2 matches. For the UEFA Champions League, it has the rights to broadcast all matches except the 13 weekly first-choice picks (yet to be awarded to any broadcaster as of April 2012) from 2012 to 2015.[8] It also owns the rights to all UEFA Europa League matches including the final from 2012 to 2015.[9]

Also in France, beIN Sports and Canal+ also share the rights to Serie A and Bundesliga matches.[21] It also airs FA Cup, Football League Championship, La Liga, Argentine Primera División[22] and Brasileirao.

The network holds the rights to broadcast all UEFA Euro 2012 and Euro 2016 matches on the French pay-TV platform while TF1 and M6 have the free-to-air rights to select matches.[10] The channel also holds rights for the 2014 and 2018 FIFA World Cup, and 2015 Copa América.

In the United States, the network holds the rights package for Ligue 1, La Liga, Serie A, Russian Football Premier League,[23] Football League Championship, EFL Cup, Coppa Italia, Ecuadorian Serie A, Copa del Rey (except the final), K-League Classic, Copa América, and FIFA World Cup qualification rounds in America (CONMEBOL and CONCACAF), except for home matches by Mexico and the United States (which are both held by Univision and ESPN).[24]

beIN Sports bought the broadcasting rights of Turkish Süper Lig.[25]

The channel's football coverage is notably fronted by Richard Keys and Andy Gray, who moved to Doha after they were sacked from Sky Sports. The pair's trademark easy banter has proved popular with viewers of beIN's English language services.

Their appointment saw the Monday Night Football brand, regarded as revolutionary when it was devised by the presenters in the 1990s, take a place in the channel's schedule.

Keys and Gray also present an eponymous magazine style show on Friday evenings, and have attracted praise for the variety and quality of proper football men featured on the show.

Rugby unionEdit

In France, beIN Sports airs November test matches, European Rugby Champions Cup, European Rugby Challenge Cup, English Premiership and Pro14.

Rugby leagueEdit

beIN Sports will broadcast the Super League including all home matches of French side Catalans Dragons.[26] Other competitions include the Australian National Rugby League and State of Origin series.[26]

beIN Sports was awarded the rights to the 2013 Rugby League World Cup and broadcast all matches live.[27]


On 23 February 2013, as part of Al-Jazeera's increasing footprint in the Superbike World Championship, which they hold rights in the Middle East, and the transitional shutdown of Fox Sports motorsport operations in Charlotte, North Carolina, beIN Sports acquired the rights to the Superbike World Championship in the United States, which also includes live coverage of the races and also the support classes, which had never been televised in the United States in the past.[28]

beIN Sports also airs the FIA World Rallycross Championship in the United States, Middle East and North Africa.

In 2016, beIN Sports began to air two more Dorna-controlled motorcycle road racing series in the United States and Canada -- MotoGP, the Superbike World Championship and MotoAmerica, giving them control of FIM road racing on North American television.

Team handballEdit

beIN Sports has acquired exclusive broadcast rights to the EHF Champions League (Team Handball). The EHF Champions League is the most important club competition for men's and women's teams in Europe and involves the leading teams from the top European nations.

In January 2013, beIN Sports also acquired the broadcast rights to the 2013 World Men's Handball Championship. beIN Sports USA aired live, delayed and pre-recorded HD games in the US, between January 11–27, 2013.


In France, beIN Sports airs the Wimbledon Championships, Davis Cup, Fed Cup, ATP World Tour Masters 1000, ATP World Tour 500, ATP World Tour Finals, and some ATP World Tour 250 and WTA Tour tournaments.

beIN Sports will be the exclusive broadcaster of WTA Tour in the United States, Spain, Australia, the Middle East and North Africa from 2017 to 2021.

Other sportsEdit

In France, beIN Sports aired the 2012 Summer Olympics tennis, handball and basketball tournaments. In athletics, beIN Sports airs the IAAF Diamond League and several international marathons and World Indoor Meetings meetings. In cycling, it airs some UCI World Tour road races, including the Giro d'Italia, as well as the UCI Road, Track, Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships. The channel also airs French Handball Championship, FIVB World League, Euroleague, NBA, National Football League, Major League Baseball.

On 25 May 2016, the U.S. beIN Sports announced that it had acquired partial rights to Conference USA college sports, including a package of selected college football, basketball, baseball, softball, and soccer matches. The deal marks the first American football-related contract the U.S. network has acquired.[29]

Football coverageEdit

A list of on-air football personalities on beIN Sports France and beIN Sports Spain:

Name Role Note
Darren Tulett Presenter Host of Sports Night
Jean-Pierre Papin Pundit Le Club pundit
Robert Pirès Pundit Le Club pundit
Patrick Vieira Pundit Le Club pundit
Luis Fernandez Pundit Le Club pundit
Sonny Anderson Pundit Le Club pundit
Ludovic Giuly Pundit Le Club pundit
Éric Di Meco Commentator Ligue 1 and UEFA Champions League co-commentator
Patrice Ferri Commentator Ligue 1, FA Cup, Football League Cup, UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League co-commentator
Bruno Cheyrou Commentator Ligue 1, Serie A, Coppa Italia, UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League co-commentator
Omar Da Fonseca Commentator La Liga, Copa del Rey, UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League co-commentator
Jean-Alain Boumsong Commentator Ligue 1, Ligue 2, UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League co-commentator
Brahim Thiam Commentator Ligue 1 and UEFA Europa League co-commentator
Gernot Rohr Commentator Bundesliga co-commentator
Ray Hudson Commentator La Liga color commentator
Terri Leigh Presenter Host of The Express
Angus Scott Anchor Presenter of Champions League Football
Andy Gray Analyst Co-presenter of English Premier League Football
Andy Kerr Anchor Presenter of The Club
Nicola Crosby Anchor Presenter of the Express
Aarran Summers Anchor Presenter of the News
Gaizka Mendieta Commentator and Pundit Xtra Champions League (Valencia playoffs UEFA Champions League).
Andoni Zubizarreta Pundit and commentator Pundit in El Club and commentator in UEFA Champions League matches.
Jorge Valdano Pundit and commentator Pundit in El Club and commentator in UEFA Champions League matches.
Alberto Edjogo-Owono Pundit Pundit in El Club.
Neymar special guest Special guest in El Club.
Éric Abidal Pundit Pundit in Xtra Highlights and El Club.
César Sánchez Pundit Pundit in El Club.
Julen Lopetegui Pundit Pundit in El Club.

Basketball coverageEdit

Name Role Additional Info
Éric Micoud Commentator NBA and Euroleague co-commentator

Tennis coverageEdit

Name Role Additional Info
Fabrice Santoro Commentator Wimbledon, ATP World Tour Finals, Masters 1000 and 500 series co-commentator
Tatiana Golovin Commentator Wimbledon, ATP World Tour Finals, Masters 1000 and 500 series co-commentator
Sébastien Grosjean Commentator Wimbledon, ATP World Tour Finals, Masters 1000 and 500 series co-commentator

Handball coverageEdit

Name Role Additional Info
Olivier Girault Commentator EHF Champions League co-commentator
Véronique Pecqueux-Rolland Commentator EHF Women's Champions League co-commentator

Rugby coverageEdit

Name Role Additional Info
Éric Bonneval Commentator Test match, English Premiership and Pro14 co-commentator
Dimitri Yachvili Commentator Test match co-commentator
Benjamin Boyet Commentator Test match co-commentator


The channels will be dominated by football coverage. beIN Sports 1 HD will focus on year-round live football with the Premier League being prominent as well as content from Arsenal, Liverpool and Spurs club channels. Other live coverage will come from the Serie A, Ligue 1, Major League Soccer (MLS), the Brazilian national leagues (Paulistao & Brasileirão), as well as major cup tournaments such as the FA Cup, Coppa Italia, and the Coupe de la Ligue. beIN Sports 2 HD will also feature live football but will have a wider sports remit. beIN Sports Premier League HD will be a 24-hour Premier League-dedicated channel in Indonesia broadcasting nearly 1,600 hours of live programming each season. This includes all 380 Premier League matches per season, weekly magazine show Premier League World, as well as pre-match coverage and post-game analysis in addition to weekly preview and review shows and highlights.[30]


Despite most of its North American broadcast rights contracts covering both the United States and Canada, beIN Sports initially was not authorized to broadcast in Canada nor had it sub-licensed any of its programmings to Canadian broadcasters. The channel had a difficult time finding a Canadian broadcaster willing to partner up with it to launch its services in Canada. Due to the regulatory environment in Canada, the only way to launch beIN Sports in Canada is by launching a Canadian version of the channel via a partnership with a Canadian broadcaster. In October 2013, beIN Sports launched an online streaming service in Canada through their website The live service was available at no charge for registered users until 1 February 2014; since then, users can access the streams for 19.99 CAD/month. On-demand coverage is not available through beIN Sports Play Canada.[31]

On 18 December 2013, beIN Sports announced they had reached a deal with Ethnic Channels Group, a local ethnic broadcaster, to launch their services in Canada.[32] The channel officially launched on 31 January 2014 via MTS and NEXTV.

beIN Sports HD is available on Shaw Cable on channel 234,[33] Rogers Cable on channel 391,[34] on Bell Satellite & Fibe on channel 1412,[35] and on Videotron on channel 797.

Sports events broadcasting rights and related controversiesEdit

beIN Sports has acquired broadcasting rights for many major sports events, including the agreement with the International Olympic Committee on the exclusivity to broadcast Olympic Games between 2018 and 2024 for Middle East and North Africa[36] and agreement on global rights for tennis events with the International Tennis Federation.[37]

There were also several disputes and conflicts regarding rights owned by beIN Sports. French radio stations decided to decline deal with beIN on radio rights for the 2017 World Handball Championships as beIN Sports wanted them to pay administrative fees about five times higher than the real technical cost, constituting hidden radio rights which are prohibited by French law for this case.[38] North Africa's television companies were unable to make deal with beIN Sports on 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in football. Four of the region's countries, Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria and Egypt, had their teams qualified for the tournament. Non-existent deal prevented broadcasting the teams' matches in their countries on free-to-air TV channels.[39]

In 2014, beIN Sports had a conflict with English Premier League over the mutual agreement on broadcasting rights as beIN Sports was accused of piracy broadcasting and its rights were restricted.[40]

In 2016, French free market watchdog rejected the rights distribution deal between beIN Sports and Canal+. According to the authority, the deal would leave 80 percent of the rights in the country in the hands of both organizations creating a thread of free market competition.[41]

See alsoEdit


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  19. ^ PSG owner can bring beIN Sports channel to Brazil Portal media sport , 8 June 2015
  20. ^ [1] - Sam Carp, SportsPro, 4 September 2017
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  29. ^ "Getting to know new C-USA TV partner beIN Sports". The Daily News Journal. Retrieved 24 May 2016. 
  30. ^ beIN Sport debuts with three channels in Indonesia Inside World Football 2013-06-21. Retrieved 4 August 2013
  31. ^ "beIN SPORTS US Connect". Retrieved 11 May 2015. 
  32. ^ "beIN Sport partners with Ethnic Channels Group for distribution in Canada". 
  33. ^ "Shaw Cable and Shaw BlueSky add beIN SPORTS added to Channel Line Shaw Cable channel line-up Ethnic Channels Group". Retrieved 2017-08-15. 
  34. ^ "beIN SPORTS USA on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 11 May 2015. 
  35. ^ "beIN SPORTS USA on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 11 May 2015. 
  36. ^ "IOC awards 2018-2024 broadcast rights in Middle East and North Africa". Retrieved 2017-01-13. 
  37. ^ "ITF and beIN SPORTS announce landmark global media rights partnership". beIN. Retrieved 2017-01-13. 
  38. ^ "Unacceptable: Majority of radios denied LIVE coverage of 2017 World Handball Championships in France". Retrieved 2017-01-13. 
  39. ^ "No Africa Cup of Nations for Maghreb-based TV stations". Retrieved 2017-01-13. 
  40. ^ EPL fans let down by beIN Sports coverage as piracy woes continue, retrieved 2017-01-13 
  41. ^ Jaafar, Ali (2016-06-09). "French Anti-Trust Authorities Reject Canal Plus-beIN Sports Rights Partnership". Deadline. Retrieved 2017-01-13. 

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