IOC strikes Middle East broadcast deal with beIN

Broadcasting sources said the Qatar-owned beIN, which is moving into a growing number of sports markets, had paid more than $150 million (£96.7m, 135.6m euros) for its first direct deal with the IOC which will cover four GamesThe International Olympic Committee on Monday awarded the Middle East and North Africa broadcast rights for Olympic games between 2018 and 2024 to beIN Sports. It had previously dealt with the Arab States Broadcast Union which paid a reported $32 million for the rights to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and next year's summer Games in Rio de Janeiro. Last month the IOC awarded the broadcast rights to most of Europe to Eurosport, owned by Discovery Communications of the United States, for the Olympics in 2018-2024 for $1.3 billion.

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