Negotiations with FIFA on the rights to show the 2018 World Cup did not progress

Negotiations between Russian channels and the International Football Federation (FIFA) on the rights to broadcast matches of the 2018 World Cup have not yet advanced, the parties are looking for a compromise on the terms of contact.

TASS was informed about this by the general producer of the First Channel, Alexander Fayfman.

In July, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Chairman of the Russia-2018 Organizing Committee In Italy, Mutko said that Russian TV channels are unable to pay more than $ 38-40 million for television rights to broadcast the 2018 FIFA World Cup. At the end of August, General Director of the Organizing Committee Alexei Sorokin said that negotiations should be completed by the end of the year.

«Unfortunately, the negotiations are at the same stage, they have not advanced. What is the problem? In the same as it was, in the conditions. While we are in search of a compromise,» Fayfman commented on the situation.

The consortium 2Sport2, which includes Channel One, VGTRK and Match TV, has been trying to buy the rights to broadcast the World Cup for over a year. As Mutko noted earlier, FIFA wants to get more than $ 100 million from the deal.The parties failed to find a compromise before the Confederations Cup, the rights to display which were acquired by the consortium separately, the amount, according to TASS, was $ 3.5 million.

The World Championship will be held in 11 cities of Russia from June 14 to July 15, 2018.

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