Ministry stays firm on TV rights inspection results

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Ministry stays firm on TV rights inspection results

The inspectorate of the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism have confirmed their conclusions on the inspection into the TV rights deal between VFF and AVG, according to head of the body, Vu Xuan Thanh.

avg Local TV stations have lost patience with AVG on broadcasting Super League 2012 -- the top league of Vietnam's football Photo: Tuoi Tre

Specifically, in the response document to the appeal lodged by VPF chairman Vo Quoc Thang, the inspectorate team again confirmed that the contract, which awarded digital TV provider AVG the telecast rights of the country’s professional football leagues for 20 years, starting from the 2012 season, has full legal validity.

The conclusions were first announced on February 2, and received objections from VPF, which had immediately lodged an appeal to review the results. Earlier, VPF has called for the inspection by denouncing the deal as invalid and unlawful.

“If the response still fails to satisfy VPF, they can continue to appeal to the Minister of Culture, Sports, and Tourism within 30 days after receiving this appeal conclusion,” Thanh told Tuoi Tre.

“[VPF] can also appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.”

For his part, Thang of VPF said the company will collect feedback from 28 football clubs in the V-League and the First Division to reach a consensus on the next step to take in the TV rights battle.

“We believe that we can find a solution via negotiation with AVG,” said Thang.

“To date, AVG has agreed on one out of three proposals of VPF -- allowing TV stations to freely broadcast the leagues.”

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