Cape Town - The Premier League has sold its China Television rights for a whopping $700 million, according to reports.
A source familiar with the deal said the rights were sold to streaming website company PPTV in a three-year deal.
If confirmed, the deal would be a substantial upgrade after the
Premier League sold its rights to China cheaply in the past deal with
Super Sport Media Group is worth about $18 million per year.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has said the nation aims to become a
football power and the Chinese Super League has spent a lot on transfer
fees to bolster its playing and coaching ranks, a program that is
expected to resume in January when the transfer window opens.
Investors have been buying teams and TV rights, agreeing to sponsorship deals, and setting up streaming platforms.
The Premier League claims to have 174 million fans in China.
The Chinese Super League has 16 teams, with Guangzhou Evergrande
Taobao winning this year's 30-game season by seven points over
second-placed Jiangsu Suning.