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Manchester United host Leicester in Premier League season opener - Ireland

10 July 2018

It leaves Premier League clubs with little choice but to gamble by waiting for a specific player in the hope of negotiating a deal during a limited time frame or bite the bullet and find an alternative option while they still have the time.

Facebook will stream live Premier League games in South-east Asia from 2019 after agreeing a three-year €226m deal that breaks yet more ground in how and coverage of elite sports is being consumed.

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Facebook had also an aggressive bid of Rs 3900 crore for the India digital rights of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Financial terms of the deal have not been officially released, but The Times says the contract is worth UK£200 million (US$265 million).

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It's understood that from 2019 the social media site will stream each of the Premier League's 380 games per season to those particular South East Asian countries. Facebook has been serious about bringing sports streams to its platform and it has even hired Eurosport CEO Peter Hutton for the goal. They missed out on streaming cricket's Indian Premier League despite an offer believed to be around £450m a year ago.

It has also covered some Major League Baseball, college basketball and the occasional Champions League fixture in the United States through its partnership with Fox Sports.

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Manchester United host Leicester in Premier League season opener - Ireland