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beIN SPORTS Files New Legal Action with FCC against Comcast

February 5, 2019

MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb 5, 2019--beIN SPORTS (beIN) announced today that it is moving forward with additional legal action against Comcast through the media bureau of the Federal Communications Commission due to Comcast’s unwillingness to negotiate concerning the restoration of beIN to the Comcast platform.

beIN SPORTS was removed from Comcast/Xfinity platforms on July 31 st, 2018, denying subscribers access to premium soccer, tennis and motorsports content.

After trying to negotiate with Comcast, Antonio Briceño, beIN SPORTS’ Deputy Managing Director for the U.S. and Canada, said: “We are extremely disappointed that after over a year spent attempting good-faith negotiations with Comcast, they have ignored customer demand, refused to negotiate and continued their practice of discriminating against beIN and other independent networks in favor of their own affiliated networks. While we remain hopeful and willing to come to an agreement, we are steadfast in our desire to reinstate beIN SPORTS at the same levels of distribution as Comcast’s own sports networks with which beIN SPORTS simply seeks to compete on a fair basis.”

beIN SPORTS is the exclusive broadcast partner in the U.S. and Canada for the global soccer leagues LaLiga, Ligue 1 and Süper Lig, as well as premium competitions such as Copa Libertadores, Copa Sudamericana, Copa del Rey and CAF Africa Cup of Nations; yet through its discriminatory practices Comcast is denying sports fans this content.

“As the last few months have revealed, the vast majority of our carrier partners have operated in good faith working with us to find mutually beneficial terms for all parties involved. In fact, Comcast is only one of two partners with whom we have yet to reach an agreement, and the only carrier partner who has showed no interest in coming to an agreement, effectively leaving millions of subscribers without access to the sports programming they want and demand such as LaLiga, Copa Libertadores and CAF Africa Cup of Nations which takes place this summer,” added Briceño.

The new FCC filing is in addition to the ongoing FCC Complaint filed by beIN SPORTS against Comcast on December 13 th, 2018.

Subscribers who would like to keep beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS en Español can visit www.keepbeIN.com or call 1-877-789-1392 to file a complaint to their cable provider directly. Your support can make the difference #KeepbeIN #StopCarrierBarriers.

For more information, visit www.beINSPORTS.com. Follow us on Instagram @beinsportsusa and/or @beINSPORTSenEspanol, Twitter @beINSPORTSUSA and/or @ESbeINSPORTS and like us on Facebook beIN SPORTS USA  and beIN SPORTS En Español for breaking news and real-time updates.

About beIN SPORTS USA

Launched in 2012, offers viewers world-class sports content and entertainment across multiple platforms including TV channels beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS en Español and live streaming on beIN SPORTS CONNECT. A cornerstone of beIN SPORTS is its unrivaled live soccer coverage, which includes live matches from , , Copa Libertadores, Copa Sudamericana, Recopa Sudamericana, Copa del Rey, Coupe de France, Turkish Süper Lig, as well as news and in-depth analysis of all the top leagues from around the world. In addition to soccer, beIN SPORTS serves as a haven for fans of , , , (MMA) and volleyball, among others. With the addition of coverage, beIN SPORTS broadcasts College Football, Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Soccer, Baseball, Softball, and Volleyball. Through , authenticated subscribers can also enjoy all the exciting action from the two networks and stream live overflow matches offered in HD on your computer, tablet or smartphone. For more information, visit .

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CONTACT: Michelle Rodriguez

beIN SPORTS

rodriguezm@bein.net

305-777-1900 ext. 6151

Rebecca Brooks

Pinta for beIN SPORTS

rbrooks@pintausa.com

305-615-1111 ext. 203

KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA FLORIDA

INDUSTRY KEYWORD: WOMEN MOTOR SPORTS ENTERTAINMENT SOCCER TENNIS TV AND RADIO OTHER ENTERTAINMENT GENERAL SPORTS EVENTS/CONCERTS CONSUMER SPORTS FAMILY MEN

SOURCE: beIN SPORTS

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