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Football on TV: on which channels (and at what prices) to watch the matches



► League 1

To follow the first division championship, it will be necessary to multiply the subscriptions. Prime Video – Amazon’s service – has acquired the rights to broadcast 80% of the matches for the 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 seasons. With the “Pass Ligue 1”, it will cost you €12.99/month or €99/year (or even €89 if the subscription is taken out before the end of August to have access to Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 matches) . A price to be added to the cost of the classic subscription to Prime Video.

The Canal+ channel will broadcast the remaining 20% ​​of matches. Again, you will have to pay € 20.99 per month with a one-year subscription.

► Cups

Fans of French clubs who wanted to follow their career in the Coupe de France could so far do so on the channels of the France Télévisions group or on Eurosport. For next year, nothing is certain. The French Football Federation, judging the proposed amounts insufficient, refused to award them last April and declared its call for tenders “unsuccessful”. Negotiations remain open.

► League 2

Prime Video will also broadcast 80% of Ligue 2 matches. For the rest, you have to turn to BeIN Sports, for €15/month.

Fans who do not want to pay will however be able to enjoy a free match every Saturday at 7 p.m., broadcast on the L’Équipe channel.

► Champions League

The two best posters of the prestigious Champions League will be co-broadcast by Canal+ and RMC Sport (with a subscription of €19 per month). The other matches will be broadcast on BeIN Sports.

The final, which is one of the events that must be broadcast on a free channel, will also be visible on TF1.

► Europa League and Europe Conference League

The other two European competitions, the Europa League and the Europa Conference League, are shared between three channels: Canal+ and W9 reserving the best posters, the rest of the matches will be on RMC Sport.

► Foreign championships

Fans of the Spanish, Italian and German first division championships will be able to follow the matches on BeIN Sports, while Canal+ will exclusively broadcast the Premier Leaguethe English championship.

► World Cup 2022

The TF1 group, which owns the TMC channel (on TNT), will broadcast 28 matches free of charge, including the 16 most beautiful posters of the group stage of the 2022 World Cup. This includes in particular the opening match, all the matches of the France team, the two semi-finals and the final.

The BeIN Sports channel will broadcast the 64 matches, 36 of which are exclusive.

► On the side of women’s football…

For the 2022-2023 season, D1 is broadcast on the Canal+ group channels. The DAZN streaming platform owns the rights to the Women’s Champions League until 2025. Select matches will be streamed for free on the DAZN YouTube channel.

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Basketball forced to rethink its distribution method



Funny rebound. Since the start of the season, basketball has been looking in vain for a place in the small skylight. A shame for a discipline which has just won silver and bronze in the men’s and women’s tournaments at the Tokyo Olympics.

The French championship? It has never been so high, with an effort to recruit clubs and the arrival of a few welcome sizes. The Euroleague? It is the first time in six years that two French clubs have played elbows under its baskets with Asvel and Monaco. And yet nothing, if not through the small end of the telescope.

For the French championship, you have to zap on Sport en France, the channel of the French National Olympic and Sports Committee, or track the regional stalls of France 3, to see one match per week for free. Otherwise, everything happens on the streaming platform of the National Basketball League (LNB), with an “OTT service” (content accessible via the Internet, on computer, tablet or smartphone) as we say in digital jargon. All the matches are broadcast there, but most of them are captured by automated cameras. For the Euroleague, it is also possible to subscribe to an equivalent service, but for 79 € per season.

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This lack of visibility, is it serious doctor? Not if one believes Alain Béral, the president of the LNB. Who does not even want to hear about visibility at half mast: “Because it’s wrong, protests the leader. On our platform, we sometimes record audiences two or three times higher than those we had on matches broadcast by RMC Sport! “ Alain Béral ​​is referring to the period 2015-2020, when basketball still benefited from a broadcaster paying 10 million euros per season for the French championship.

“Since the withdrawal of this partner, as no one offered us satisfactory exposure, we have chosen a free and unencrypted distribution, continues Alain Béral. We are betting on our OTT, which is quite unique in Europe, and we are going to improve its quality by investing in the production of premium matches. We will soon have to vote for an envelope of several hundred thousand euros for this purpose. “

Still, the absence of a broadcasting partner is also a loss of income, the LNB still distributing 7 million euros to clubs in 2019-2020, most of it coming from television rights. “We must recognize that basketball has missed the boat compared to sports such as rugby or handball, emphasizes Antoine Feuillet, lecturer and specialist in sports rights at the University of Paris-Saclay. Its product is subject to competition from the American championship, the NBA, and lacks attractiveness, with private clubs of the big stars who are precisely in the United States, and numbers that turn a lot and do not facilitate identification with teams. “

A sports story to re-enchant

This marketing work around the product is still the poor relation of many sports. “For too long, the sports leagues have had it easy with broadcasters who fought to pay, rather expensive, a show broadcast live”, notes Arnaud Simon, former CEO of Eurosport and adviser to sports organizations through his company In & Out Stories.

Except that today he continues, the channels are first thinking of reducing costs, and are now focusing only on a few flagship sports. The others must innovate, by launching OTT platforms of course, but also by offering more regular meetings, more diverse and more personalized content. The leagues have to be really active to think of an attractive product, and then slowly get the fan used to repaying. “

The modes of consumption of sport, in full upheaval, in fact destabilize the whole community. The great communions around live broadcasts are not yet a thing of the past, as the hearings of the last football Euro proved. “But it’s more complicated than before to capture the attention of the spectator on the whole of a match, assures Antoine Feuillet. Everyone, both broadcasters and leagues, must therefore think about re-enchanting the sports story, which has hardly changed for thirty years. “

→ CRITICAL. 6 docu-series to get back to sport

New stories exist, in Formula 1 in particular, with the documentary series Pilots of their destiny launched in 2019 by Netflix. The drivers, also very present on social networks, attract young spectators, long insensitive to the great automobile circus. The discipline is benefiting from a real renewed interest, as measured by the increase in Grand Prix audiences on Canal +. No doubt an example to think about, for basketball and others.

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Difficulties, even for football

The call for tenders launched by the French Football Federation for the exclusive rights to the France team over the period 2022-2028 was not a great success. The two current broadcasters, TF1 and M6, only offered 2.5 million euros per game, against 3.5 million at the current price. The call for tenders is therefore unsuccessful for the time being. Remember that the matches of the Blues must be broadcast in the clear, which limits the suitors, and that TF1 and M6, pending marriage, also have no interest in raising the bill. “But above all, the channels no longer accept to lose money on certain products, and uncertainty therefore hangs over all television rights., comments the academic Antoine Feuillet. For the France team, it may seem crazy, but it is the downward trend of the moment. “

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Outstanding image and sound technology on Smart AI TV Aqua


Smart AI TV Aqua is equipped with Quantum Dot (QLED) picture technology, Wide Color Gamut, HDR; Dolby Digital surround sound for a more realistic, immersive listening and viewing experience.

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The series of technologies that make up the picture quality of Smart AI TV

Smart AI TV converges many advanced picture technologies such as Quantum Dot (QLED), Wide Color Gamut, HDR Plus… to bring sharpness and contrast, colors closest to reality.

Quantum Dot screen technology with the advantage of brightness, is applied to many new generation TVs. Quantum Dot reproduces images on millions of nano-quantum dots, optimizing display quality in a variety of spaces and brightness, providing a vivid and realistic visual experience. According to Aqua representatives, the colors that users are seeing on the Quantum Dot screen are like the colors of real-life objects.

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The duo Dolby Digital, dbx-tv elevate the sound for TV

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Dolby Digital and dbx-tv let listeners enjoy immersive, theater-like sound.

Dolby Digital and dbx-tv let listeners enjoy immersive, theater-like sound.

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Football: outcome in sight for Ligue 1 TV rights



A crucial decision for French football. The Competition Authority dismissed on Friday, June 11 an appeal from Canal + concerning the terms of reassignment of Ligue 1 TV rights. Consequently, the legal horizon emerges with a view to an expected agreement between the encrypted channel and the League professional football (LFP).

After the defective broadcaster Mediapro was withdrawn during the season, the Vivendi group channel lodged an appeal for ” abuse of dominant position “ against the decision of the LFP to only put into play the lots abandoned by the Sino-Spanish group, without including lot 3 held by Canal +.

The encrypted channel, which paid 330 million euros for the two matches of each day planned in this lot, estimated its value now overvalued and called for a global tender. The LFP finally won its case, both before the commercial court in March, even if Canal + announced that it wanted to appeal, and before the Competition Authority on Friday 11 June.

“At the end of its examination, the Authority rejected the referral to the merits of Canal + and the associated request for precautionary measures, considering that they were not accompanied by sufficiently convincing elements”, she wrote in a statement.

According to this decision, the LFP was within its rights by launching its partial call for tenders in early February, covering 80% of Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 and ultimately unsuccessful, then opting since then for direct negotiations with broadcasters. interested.

Clubs without a diffuser

The rejection of the appeal of Canal + therefore clears the legal horizon of French football by making possible an agreement by mutual agreement.

According to sources close to the negotiations, this decision could accelerate an agreement with Canal + and beIN Sports, hoped for in the coming hours in the face of the emergency in which Ligue 1 finds itself: the clubs are currently without a broadcaster unless two months of the resumption of the 2021-2022 season in early August and must present a consistent budget on June 14 to the DNCG.

→ ANALYSIS TV rights: does French football deserve such a discount?

Domestic TV rights, initially expected at 1.217 billion euros per year for Ligue 1 and Ligue 2, fell, for the 2020-2021 season, to around 683 million euros after the default of Mediapro and the closure of its ephemeral Téléfoot channel.

Maxime Saada, boss of Canal +, expects negotiations around an overall annual figure “Close to previous cycles”, namely an average of 650 million euros per year.

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Roland-Garros: France Private televisions of Nadal-Gasquet



The same, twenty years later, on a whole new stage. The images of the match between the two teenagers champions of the tournament of the Small As of 1999 – they were then 12 years old, and Gasquet had won – appear regularly and free on Internet. But viewers in 2021 will have to tune in to Amazon Prime Video to see, Thursday, June 3, the probable ultimate game of these two players who are now well over their thirties.

→ CONTEXT. Roland-Garros at night time

Richard Gasquet announced that this 18eRoland-Garros was undoubtedly the last. It will therefore be necessary to register on Amazon Prime Video, the distribution site of the online distribution giant, to see this a final lift against the Spaniard, who has long taken his revenge in 1999.

Tournament management pleads sports fairness

This prospect makes some cringe in the tennis world. If, since Monday, May 31, the night appearances in front of empty stands of Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev, the distinguished guests of the first three night session, have hardly made a wave, it is different for this Nadal-Gasquet, who will be missed by the regulars of France Televisions. What would it say if the highlight of the week, King Federer’s increasingly rare arabesques, were invisible for free to viewers?

Tournament director Guy Forget justifies this choice with two arguments. One is athletic. “From a sports fairness point of view, we want each of the top players to be able to play in the evening at 9 p.m. in front of empty stands (due to the curfew)”. The other is clearly economic and contractual. “Nadal-Gasquet is the poster of the day and we are committed to broadcasting it in prime time, especially in France”, he explains, referring to the contract that binds the Federation with Amazon until the 2023 edition.

Shopping and sports broadcasting

In other words, the 15 million euros put on the table by Amazon (this figure, often put forward, has never been denied) are only made profitable by the broadcaster on this condition. The idea for the American group is to capture the public at a time of the day when they can take time to watch a game while still being available to shop in two or three clicks, during side changes for example. “ Consumers don’t subscribe to Amazon Prime just to get access to sports. They subscribe to Amazon Prime for different reasons and then discover the sports offer which is added to all the other benefits ”, explains the European boss of Amazon Prime Video, Alex Green, on the site Sportsmarketing.fr.

→ READ. Roland-Garros limited the damage to the reception of the public

The offer is attractive since the site offers one month of free subscription without commitment (excluding this offer, the price is € 5.99 per month), which will allow the curious to try the adventure and not to continue it. possibly after Roland-Garros. To convince them of the know-how of the Amazon Prime teams, engaged in other sports in Europe (in the German football Bundesliga, in particular), the site has put the package on the quality of realization and the CV of the consultants, Amélie Mauresmo, Marion Bartoli, Arnaud Clément or Fabrice Santoro.

The traditional television model under threat

Since the signing of the contract in 2019, the arrival of Amazon, preferred over Eurosport, which held part of the rights to the 11 o’clock matches (the less interesting), has made waves. Unlike Eurosport, the matches on Amazon (at night or on the Simonne-Mathieu court during the day, for which the American company has also bought the rights) are broadcast exclusively. In other words, outside the scope of France Télévisions cameras and therefore spectators paying only their license fee.

The long-term risk is significant for public television and for all free or pay channels. And it does not only concern tennis, because a new economic model of broadcasting is emerging, with platforms such as Free, Orange, Amazon or Facebook, which are increasingly taking the lead. For tournament organizers, the stakes are high. Roland-Garros represents 80% of the financial resources of the Federation, TV rights contributing to a third of admissions, almost three times more than the ticket office.

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Audiovisual piracy weakens the football economy



How many football viewers watched the Manchester City-Paris SG semi-final return on Tuesday, May 4, on RMC sport, which holds the rights to the Champions League until the end of the season? The answer has little importance for the audiovisual group which will withdraw from football.

But for all the other actors, the question is crucial and… elsewhere. Rather, it is a question of how many people will have watched it illegally. “There are as many if not more illegal viewers as there are paying subscribers for important matches,” explains Pierre Rondeau, sports economist, specialist in audiovisual issues.

In 2020, Hadopi, the High Authority for the dissemination of works and the protection of rights on the Internet, published a startling report, showing that 3.4 million people illegally watched a football match in the month of September alone. . The figure is cruel for an industry whose potential market, calibrated on the results of the great hours of Canal +, revolves around 5 million potential customers willing to pay a subscription for football.

The glass ceiling of rights has exploded

The reference to Canal +, once the sole master of the game, which has temporarily recovered all of the rights left fallow by the defection of the Spanish operator Mediapro, is relevant in the eyes of the economist. “We were then around 40 € monthly subscription to see everything, but this symbolic ceiling has exploded. Amateurs are not all hostile to the principle of payment, but not at this price. The proof: more than half of illegal streamers subscribe to one of the channels. “

→ EXPLANATION. TV rights deal: is football off the hook?

Since the arrival in 2012 of beIN Sports on the French market, joined by RMC and later Mediapro to lead the assault on Canal +, football has been divided into unequal pie charts, which have skyrocketed the price of cheese. . To see everything in 2020, you had to pay 89 €, or double the symbolic ceiling.

At the same time, the pirate resistance is organized and equipped. The rise in quality of the sites (illegally duplicated ad infinitum to sow the IT police) and especially the arrival in force of IPTVs, boxes allowing to illegally capture, via a legal box, the entire audiovisual offer, has everything changes.

The deputy who wants to save the clubs

The Nice deputy LREM Cédric Roussel, specialist in sports issues at the assembly, triggered a legislative response in 2019, delayed due to the Covid and uncertainties around the status of Hadopi (about to be absorbed by the CSA). “We had to come to the aid of broadcasters and clubs which live off rights, football makes a lot of people work”, pleads this elected official assuming his legislative work in the service of a private economy. “We do the same to protect culture, so why not for sport? Football is the locomotive of sports practice, essential to the balance of our population, particularly after one year of Covid. “

→ PORTRAIT. Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola in constant search

Too bad if his law, voted by the assembly in March and not yet scheduled in the Senate, sticks to the only technical arsenal to curb piracy (read below). And not at the bottom of the problem: the access of the greatest number to the spectacle of the most popular sport. “This is a first step in managing the emergency, the rest will follow”, he pleads. The rest ? A mission on the economy of football, too dependent on TV rights (a third of its revenues). And on the privatization of the broadcasting of a show organized in the public space of stadiums which essentially belong to local communities.

“We will not spare a reflection on the private-public balance and on the free broadcasting of a few matches, some broadcasters are already thinking about it, because they know that the public has reached its financial limits, in particular young people. “, estimates economist Pierre Rondeau. This prediction is based on a political precedent: the obligation of unencrypted broadcasting of 21 major so-called protected sporting events (Olympic Games, Roland Garros, etc.), imposed by Jean-François Lamour, Jacques Chirac’s sports minister. Since then, the final of the Champions League has been broadcast on a free unencrypted channel. What puts de facto unemployed illegal operators. For one night only.

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Anti-piracy law, instructions for use

The bill “aimed at democratizing sport”, adopted at first reading in March, proposes the principle of the so-called “dynamic” injunction. It provides that sites and operators spotted to broadcast matches illegally may be ordered by a magistrate to close. a priori the time of the next 90 minutes, potentially hackable. This judge will order the operators and suppliers to cut all signals.

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TV rights: Canal + saves French football



Ligue 1 is saved, at least for now! Canal + and French football reached an unexpected agreement Thursday February 4 for the broadcast of Ligue 1 until the end of the season, relieving the sector in the short term, without however erasing the drastic losses seen by the clubs after an audiovisual crisis unprecedented.

From next February 12, for the 25th day, and until the end of the 2020-21 season, the French football broadcaster will be called Canal +.

Vivendi’s subsidiary, uncompromising with the Professional Football League (LFP) in recent weeks, finally made a gesture towards the clubs, agreeing on Thursday to buy the TV rights to Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 abandoned in December by the failing broadcaster Mediapro , at a ridiculous price.

35 million additional for 14 days of the championship

According to several sources with knowledge of the case, Canal + has thus agreed to pay an allowance of 35 million euros to the LFP, in exchange for the exclusive exploitation of all the matches of Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 released by Mediapro and remaining to be played until June (14 days of the Championship).

→ DEBATE. Can French football go bankrupt?

These 35 million euros are in addition to the 332 million euros per year already promised by the encrypted channel for the remaining 20% ​​of Ligue 1, which it broadcasts through a sub-license agreement with beIN Sports. Canal + had indicated in recent weeks wanting to return these matches with a view to a global call for tenders, leaving even more catastrophic losses for the clubs … But this windfall was finally secured via the agreement found on Thursday.

At the end of the season, Canal will therefore have spent 367 million euros, in addition to the 3 million euros negotiated according to the media. Days for the Sunday co-broadcast of the OM-PSG Classic, and an undisclosed sum for the broadcast in January of the Champions Trophy … A triumph for Vincent Bolloré, Vivendi and Maxime Saada, the boss of the channel.

→ ANALYSIS. TV rights: does French football deserve such a discount?

“This is good news because the situation was quite dramatic and the negotiations led by (the boss of the League) Vincent Labrune were very effective. It was not easy to find this solution ”, reacted on RMC the president of Lyon Jean-Michel Aulas, according to whom Canal “Shows that we can count on him, despite difficult positions in recent days”.

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TV rights deal: is football off the hook?



► How did Canal + win the bid?

It was a very small door at the end of the dead end. But all the players concerned ended up finding it and rushing into it urgently: the agreement signed on February 4 by the Professional Football League (LFP) and Canal + ensures at least the next few months by unwinding the ball of TV rights tangled since their retrocession by Mediapro in December 2020. The new call for tenders launched by the LFP having been declared “unsuccessful” at the beginning of the week and Canal + having refused to negotiate by mutual agreement, all the emergency exits seemed closed.

→ THE FACTS. TV rights: Canal + saves French football

But the boss of Canal +, Maxime Saada, finally picked up his phone to actually negotiate with Vincent Labrune, the president of the LFP. Not on all rights for the period 2020-2024, but to save the essentials this season. For around 200 million euros, Canal + recovers all of the 80% of rights abandoned by Mediapro, from next week until the end of May.

→ DEBATE. Can French football go bankrupt?

This sum includes the payment in advance of its rights sublicensed by BeIn Sport to Canal + to broadcast two posters per weekend, or 165 million euros, plus an extension of 35 million euros. For this very modest price, Canal + is once again becoming the football channel broadcasting all of Ligue 1. A first since 2008.

► What consequences for the clubs?

With the jackpot promised by Mediapro, French football was to collect 1.2 billion euros per year. For this season after the agreement with Canal +, here are the domestic rights reduced in total by 40%, to just under 700 million euros. Almost the sums collected in TV rights over the period 2008-2012. Suffice to say that the shortfall is cringe. “This agreement was the only one possible. But it confirms the reality of a scenario of major financial crisis for French professional football ”, lamented Loïc Ferry, the president of Lorient, in the columns of The Team.

For some clubs, whose budgets depend on 50 to 75% of television revenues (Angers, Dijon, Reims, Nîmes), the coming months are shaping up to be very tight. Especially since crossing the sanitary desert obviously complicates the situation. The clubs are still forced for weeks behind closed doors, and the lackluster winter transfer window does little to encourage optimism for future summer transfers. The issue of lower wages is bound to come up again. If negotiations are underway, few clubs, like RC Lens at the end of January, have reached agreements.

► And for the rest?

The agreement reached is only valid for this season. Does it augur the definitive return of Canal + as a historic football channel? Amateurs will temporarily be pleased to find a clearer television offer, no longer forcing more subscriptions.

→ READ. Football: which channel for which match? The TV rights puzzle

For the rest, the ball is again in the camp of the LFP. It can take the time to negotiate over-the-counter, in particular with the new entrants who participated in its call for tenders: Amazon, the DAZN streaming platform and Discovery, the parent company of Eurosport. But Canal + would then have to continue paying its sublicensed rights to BeIN, a solution that Canal + already refuses, with an appeal on which the Paris Commercial Court must rule on February 19.

The other solution would be to relaunch, as Canal + wishes, a global call for tenders for the period 2021-2025. Will Canal + also take this decision?

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Football: the League launches a “consultation” until February 1 for its TV rights



The TV rights of French professional football have been officially on the market since Wednesday, January 20. Through this consultation, the Professional Football League (LFP) is awaiting offers at the 1er February for the purchase of matches abandoned by its now ex-broadcaster Mediapro.

→ CONTEXT. Football: TV rights, the League terminates the contract with Mediapro

The epilogue is approaching for French football and its clubs, in great financial difficulty because of the health crisis and that of TV rights. After terminating in December the contract binding it to the Sino-Spanish group Mediapro, unable to honor its promise of a windfall exceeding 800 million euros per year, the League has resolved to publicly appeal to others broadcasters, via two procedures, one for Ligue 1 and the other for Ligue 2.

A period of ten days

Interested operators, Canal + in the lead, therefore now have only ten days to put together a quantified offer on the lots of meetings involved, which run from February 5, 2021 until the end of the planned cycle, i.e. until ‘to June 2024. The lots are close to those of the initial call for tenders of 2018, with in particular a “premium” lot composed of the Sunday evening posters, including the ten best of the season.

These four prizes for Ligue 1 and two prizes for Ligue 2 correspond only to the matches initially obtained by Mediapro, i.e. 80% of the matches of the two championships. Contrary to the wishes of the encrypted channel, they do not include the famous “lot n ° 3”, currently broadcast by Canal + for 330 million euros annually and composed of 20% of Ligue 1 matches, including the poster. Saturday evening (9 p.m.).

What position for Canal +?

The boss of the Vivendi group’s channel, Maxime Saada, had in fact positioned himself last week in favor of a real global call for tenders, and not of a consultation of this type, announcing in the columns of Figaro that ‘he counted “Return” its share of meetings, which Canal + broadcasts via a sub-license agreement signed with its partner BeIN Sports.

→ READ. Football: Canal + wants a call for tenders for TV rights

But the League has a different analysis and does not intend to put these matches in competition, which raises fears of a Canal + challenge in court and new legal battles in the coming weeks. Under these conditions, will Canal + be inclined to apply during this consultation? To date, it is the only one to have publicly expressed its interest in buying the TV rights to French football, even if other operators are sometimes cited by some observers.

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Football: Canal + wants a call for tenders for TV rights


Canal + will not make a gift to the League for TV rights: the encrypted channel asked Tuesday, January 13 for a new call for tenders for all Ligue 1 matches, posing the threat of an even more drastic reduction in television revenues for clubs.

→ CONTEXT. French football is keeping its fingers crossed on its future

Believing that “Ligue 1 has lost a lot of value” with the Covid-19 crisis and the withdrawal of the major broadcaster Mediapro negotiated in December, the boss of Canal +, Maxime Saada, announced in an interview with Figaro that his channel intended to return to the Professional Football League (LFP) its share of matches (20% of L1), wishing to see all of the matches put back on sale via a new call for tenders.

“We finally came to the conclusion on the Canal + side that it was in the interest of all stakeholders to go through a call for tenders”, said Maxime Saada, while, according to several sources familiar with the matter, the League favored a reallocation via a mutual agreement between the two parties.

Record contracts signed in 2018

Canal + currently broadcasts 20% of Ligue 1 matches, via a sub-license signed with BeIN Sports, for an annual amount of 330 million euros. The remaining 80% are still broadcast on Téléfoot, the channel of the Sino-Spanish group Mediapro, even though the latter negotiated its withdrawal with the League last December.

Football: Canal + wants a call for tenders for TV rights

Initially, the contract for the broadcasting of Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 for the 2020-24 cycle had broken records, reaching the annual amount of 1.217 billion euros, of which more than 800 million for the Mediapro group alone, new came to the French market.

→ DEBATE. Can French football go bankrupt?

But since September, Mediapro wanted to renegotiate its contract downwards and ended up agreeing to withdraw from the market, in return for compensation of 100 million euros against the promise not to be sued.

Canal + has always insisted, since the 2018 call for tenders, that Ligue 1 had been overestimated by Mediapro. In October, Maxime Saada had already indicated that the channel would refuse to “Reinvest at a loss in football”. On Tuesday, the leader also insisted that Canal did not “Not been treated properly in recent years” by French football, between the call for tenders and the postponements of matches because of the demonstrations of “yellow vests” for example.

Canal + alone in the running?

For the Vivendi group channel, the call for tenders is a risk: by returning its lots, it runs the risk of leaving empty-handed about the future allocation. But in the opinion of all observers, few other broadcasters (RMC Sport? Amazon? The DAZN platform?) Seem able to invest a lot of money in French football.

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In addition, Canal + has an agreement with its former competitor BeIN Sports, and several sources close to the negotiations questioned in recent days saw them act together on the matter.

For the LFP, which had not reacted in the evening Tuesday, the call for tenders suggests a drastic reduction in the TV rights of Ligue 1, which could be negotiated downwards.

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