beIN SPORT Acquires US Media Rights to Russian Premier League

beIN SPORT has acquired the US media rights to the Russian Premier League beginning with the new season.

The 2013-14 season of the Russian Premier League kicks off on Saturday, July 13 and runs through May, 2014. The Russian Premier League features several top sides including Anzhi, CSKA Moscow, Spartak Moscow, Zenit St Petersburg and Rubin Kazan.

While the 2013-14 season kicks off on July 13, the first highly anticipated match will be on Sunday, July 14 when Anzhi plays at home against Lokomotiv Moscow.

Thanks to reader Velija C. for the news tip. Send your news tips to thegaffer[at]epltalk[dot]com.

22 thoughts on “beIN SPORT Acquires US Media Rights to Russian Premier League”

  1. This is good news for us European football fans, but bein is already having a hard time showing live matches of all the leagues they already have. Gaffer any news on a bein plus channel?

    1. I am disgusted by beIN sports, as a fan of the championship I hardly see any games live as it is and as Cmcast xfinity subscriber don’t even have access to their on line broadcasts.

      1. The problem with beIN’s Championship coverage is that it started off strong, and then the network essentially dropped it after the new year began. It’s almost like somebody reminded the network that it had the license when it covered the playoffs.

    2. beIN SPORT already have two channels — English and Spanish-language broadcasts, as well as beIN SPORT Play, which is their online access (only available through a small number of TV providers at this time). I don’t see them adding a third channel.

      The Gaffer

      1. You are right about the online service,last I looked there were only two providers. I am glad they didn’t get the EPL. Non of there deals make any business sense at all.

  2. Bein Sports gobbling up all the sports so no one can see them becasue they don’t have enough channels or an internet option and they are barely carried by any provider.

    1. still shows a few of the games each weekend under a sub-licensing deal they have with GolTV.

      The Gaffer

  3. Good news. There’s a lot of money in Russian football and the level of their domestic league is pretty decent.

  4. beIN is the worst thing that hapenned to international soccer in USA. My cable provider, Cox, does NOT even carry them, one full year after launch. I have heard horrible things from my friends who have it.

  5. As others have already stated – BeIn already has too much content and not enough distribution, and now they buy the Russian league rights? Where will those matches go and a which league’s expense?

    Often the same match on the English language channel appears on the Spanish language channel at the same time, so it’s not like they use both channels to maximize match viewing. Serie A takes a significant back seat to La Liga on BeIn in my opinion, and the Championship is effectively nowhere to be seen. To their credit, BeIn is making an effort – The Express, their highlight/news show, is not great but improving, and The Locker Room studio show has been the real revelation as I find that to be very entertaining and informative. The Global Game is also worth watching.
    Long story short, if anyone at BeIn is reading this they really do need a BeIn Plus distribution channel.

  6. Just checked TV listings for the next 2 weeks. It does not show any Russian soccer anywhere on Beinsport or any other US tv channel! YEt there season kicks off on Sunday?

    1. beIN SPORT is notoriously slow in keeping their TV guides up to date, so don’t count them out yet.

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