Digiturk Offers Erotic Channels to Soccer Fans, Sabah Says

Digiturk, which owns the broadcasting rights to Turkey’s first division soccer, is offering erotic channels to subscribers who say they’ll cancel if title-holder Fenerbahce is relegated amid match-fixing allegations, Sabah reported.

The digital satellite broadcaster, owned by Turkey’s Cukurova Holding AS and U.S.-based Providence Equity Partners Inc., told the country’s soccer federation it may seek renewal of a contract it won in 2010 to broadcast matches for four years, the newspaper said, without saying where it got the information. Digiturk has 1 million subscribers for its LigTV and pays the federation about $400 million a year under the contract, Sabah said.

A match-fixing investigation is casting uncertainty over Turkey’s 500 million-euro ($720 million) “soccer economy,” Hurriyet reported July 6.

The income of Istanbul’s big three clubs, Fenerbahce, Galatasaray and Besiktas, totaled more than 600 million liras ($370 million) last year, the newspaper said.

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