Ministry set to check out 20-year TV rights contract in football

Vietnam’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has decided to set up an inspection team to look into a 20-year contract between the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) and AVG Group on the latter’s exclusive broadcasting rights of the country’s top football leagues.

The ministry announced the decision Monday, saying that the inspection would take place in 15 days.

In 2010, the two sides signed the 20-year contract and the public started to raise their concerns about the long duration, as well as about AVG Group’s exclusive TV rights.

Over the weekend, AVG did not agree to let VTC Television to broadcast live the Super League match between Hai Phong Club and Navibank Saigon in round two at Hai Phong Stadium. However, the Super League organizer – Vietnam Professional Football Company (VPF) – gave the green light for VTC to do that.

A TV crew work during Vietnam’s Super League match between Hai Phong Club and Navibank Saigon in round two at Hai Phong Stadium over the weekend

Meanwhile, the ministry is of the view that VFF holds the TV rights in football leagues in the country. The Ministry has asked VFF, VPF and football clubs to respect the VFF-AVG contract during the investigation time.

By Dang Linh, translated by Van Nghia

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