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.