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Digiturk Offers Erotic Channels to Soccer Fans, Sabah Says

July 12 (Bloomberg) -- 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.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ercan Ersoy in Istanbul eersoy@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Benedikt Kammel at bkammel@bloomberg.net.

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