The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) has moved to condemn the widespread availability of this year’s Wimbledon Championships through beoutQ, a Saudi Arabia-based illegal piracy operation.
The AELTC said it will be making the “strongest representations” to the UK Government to put pressure on the Saudi Arabia authorities to “immediately close down” the operation.
It marks the second consecutive year that beoutQ has distributed coverage of Wimbledon. The AELTC said that the exclusive rights of its broadcast partners, including beIN Sports, BBC, Canal Plus and ESPN, have been made available around the world through beoutQ’s IPTV apps.
The AELTC described beoutQ’s actions as “wholly unlawful”, adding that the practice undermines the commercial value of Wimbledon’s intellectual property around the world.
BeoutQ’s operations have previously been condemned by a host of sports bodies and broadcasters, including FIFA, UEFA, Sky and the BBC.
The BBC has a deal in place to broadcast Wimbledon until 2024 after signing a four-year extension to its previous agreement with the AELTC in November 2016. Wimbledon coverage is aired across BBC One, BBC Two, BBC online channels, BBC Radio 5 Live and 5 Live Sports Extra.