Date: 18th December 2020 at 5:40pm
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A lot of have flocked to a post from Liam Kennedy that has his view on the new TV deal signed between the Premier League and beIN SPORTS to broadcast in the MENA region until 2025

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Starting with an easy one, what number does Wilson wear for Newcastle?

The deal was announced on Thursday, which led journalist Ben Jacobs to provide his view on the situation, with Jacobs believing that this new deal is not a bad thing for the proposed takeover of Newcastle.

He thinks this because this new TV deal forces Saudi Arabia to engage with beIN and could see the channel’ ban lifted in Saudi Arabia.

This led Kennedy to have his say as the TV deal is the same as the last one, despite talk of beIN offering a less lucrative deal because of piracy, so this has pleased some Toon fans, who see this as a positive.

What did these Newcastle fans think of this tweet?

Do you think this is good news for Newcastle?

No, this bad for us

No, this bad for us

Yes, it could turn out to be positive

Yes, it could turn out to be positive

However, other Newcastle fans cannot see the takeover happening now that this deal has happened.

BeIN made a complaint to the Premier League over the proposed takeover of the Toon by PCP, PIF and the Reuben brothers, and this was because they didn’t believe that Saudi Arabia (through PIF) should be able to buy a Premier League football club after pirating beIN’s service.

This whole piracy issue plagued the whole deal before Saudi Arabia blocked beIN, and then not long after, the deal to buy Newcastle was withdrawn.

Since then, a legal challenge has been made over the proposed takeover, and there are claims that Saudi Arabia and Qatar are close to resolving their geopolitical conflict.

So, this TV deal could actually be a good thing for the proposed takeover in the end despite the scepticism amongst some Newcastle supporters.