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A Summary of the Premier League v PPLIVE Sports International Limited

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Background The Premier League (‘PL’) and PPLIVE Sports International Limited (‘PPTV’) entered into two separate contracts: Contract 1 – PPTV obtained the rights to show full PL football matches on TV in China from August 2019 to June 2022 (three seasons in total). PPTV agreed to pay the Premier League US$701 million.  Contract 2 – PPTV obtained the rights to show highlights of PL matches on TV in China during the same three seasons. PPTV agreed to pay the Premier League US$8.02 million. On 1 March 2020, the World Health Organisation declared Covid-19 to be a pandemic. PL matches were temporarily suspended on 13 March 2020. PPTV missed two payment instalments. US$210.3 million which was due on 1 March 2020 under Contract 1 and US$2.673 million which was due on 1 June 2020 under Contract 2.  All 92 remaining PL matches in the 2019/20 season were played between 14 June 2020 and 26 July 2020. The PL continued to provide live feeds and highlights to PPTV for the remaining 92 matches.  The