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).

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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.

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“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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