YouTube to stream live Russian Premier League games worldwide
The Russian Football Premier League today announced a deal with YouTube, the Google-owned video-sharing website, to live-stream top-flight matches around the world.
The Russian Premier Liga channel will air weekly matches live to viewers outside of Russia for the remainder of the 2018-19 season.
The agreement begins tomorrow with CSKA Moscow versus Rubin Kazan in week 19 of the season, with the game kicking off at 4.30pm (local time).
The league's YouTube channel has traditionally shown goals of the week clips, although last weekend the RFPL and YouTube ran a test event streaming a number of games live.
Domestic rights to the RFPL are held by Match TV, the Gazprom Media-owned sports broadcaster, in a four-year deal that began this season.
It is showing 60 live games on its terrestrial channel, while all games are offered on the new ‘Match Premier’ pay-TV service.