The 21-race 2019 world championship begins in Australia on March 17. AFP / Alexander NEMENOV
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Qatar-based beIN Sports announced Friday that it had decided not to renew a contract for the rights to broadcast Formula One in the Middle East and North Africa as a consequence of piracy in the region. The previous five-year deal expired at the end of last season.Keaveny said beIN, a pay-TV broadcaster, paid huge sums for media rights and had been warning for nearly two years of the commercial impact of piracy.A Formula One insider said the beIN contract was originally a sub-license agreement with MP&Silva, a sports marketing and media rights company that went into administration late last year.
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