Amazon ‘poised to make offer’ for Ligue 1 rights

Amazon is set to make a “credible” offer for the French Ligue 1 football rights that Spanish producer and broadcaster Mediapro was forced to hand back after failing to make the payments it had committed to, according to a report by financial daily Les Echos. According to the paper, contact between Amazon and the French […]

Canal+ to appeal after losing court case against LFP auction

The French court considering Canal+’s case against the country’s professional football league over the re-auction of rights to Ligue 1 has ruled in favour of the LFP and against the pay TV operator. Canal+ had taken action after the LFP refused to re-auction all the rights it had previously granted for the 2021-24 seasons rather […]

Canal+ agrees deal to broadcast Ligue 1 for current season

Pay TV operator Canal+ has struck a deal with the French professional football body, the LFP – but only covering the current season. Canal+ will take exclusive rights to live coverage of all Ligue 1 and eight out of 10 Ligue 2 matches, along with magazine programme rights. BeIN Sports holds the rights to the […]

Canal+ declines talks with French football league

French pay TV operator Canal+ has reportedly declined to enter into one-to-one negotiations with the country’s professional football body, the LFP, after it effectively boycotted the latter’s call for tenders to rights to Ligue 1 and 2 matches for the period up to 2024. According to separate reports by sports paper L’Equipe and daily Le […]

Day of reckoning for LFP as deadline for new Ligue 1 bids arrives

Today marks the deadline for tenders for the rights to top-tier French football after the French professional football body the LFP was forced to re-auction them following Spanish producer and broadcaster Mediapro’s failure to maintain payments. The deadline arrives amid uncertainty about the outcome of the process and legal action by the most likely bidder, […]

France’s rugby league issues call to tender for media rights

France’s professional rugby football body, the LNR, last week launched an invitation to tender for media rights, following hard on the heels of the country’s professional football body, the LFP. The latter is re-tendering rights returned to it by Spanish broadcaster Mediapro after it failed to maintain payments in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. […]

Canal+ taking legal action over football auction move

French pay TV operator Canal+ is taking legal action against the country’s professional football body, the LFP, over its decision to launch a new bidding process for rights to Ligue 1, according to local reports. According to Le Figaro, the pay TV operator has taken issue with the LFP’s decision only to auction those rights […]

LFP launches new bidding process for Ligue 1 rights

France’s professional football league, the LFP, is launching a new call for offers for the rights to Ligue 1 matches that Spanish broadcaster and producer Mediapro agreed to hand back after failing to make payments agreed at the time of the previous auction. The LFP has decided to call for bids only for the rights […]

Canal+ calls for new bidding process for Ligue 1 rights

Pay TV operator Canal+ has called for a new auction of French Ligue 1 football rights in the wake of the debacle of Mediapro’s acquisition of the key rights and subsequent decision to return them to the league. In an interview with French newspaper Le Figaro, Canal+ chief executive Maxime Saada said that his group […]

Ligue 1 rights drama reaches climax as LFP and Mediapro call off deal

The domestic broadcasting of France’s Ligue 1 has been thrown into disarray, with Mediapro agreeing to cancel its €814 million per season deal. This comes after the Sino-Spanish company failed to pay two rights installments worth a combined €324.8 million on October 5 and December 5. RMC reports that Mediapro will pay €100 million in […]