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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 […]

LFP in talks with Canal+ over saving Ligue 1 broadcast deal

Ligue 1 operator Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) are reportedly mulling a return to Canal+ as its relationship with Mediapro teeters on collapse. According to RMC Sport, LFP could turn to Canal+, which previously held the rights up until last season should Mediapro continue to refuse to pay. Mediapro did not pay the second installment […]

Mediapro’s Ligue 1 rights deal ‘untenable’ says Canal+ president

Canal+ president Maxime Saada has called Mediapro’s broadcast rights deal with the French Professional Football League (LFP) “untenable.” The body running the top-flight Ligue 1 is currently embroiled in a legal battle with Spanish agency Mediapro over non-payment of its second €172 million rights fee installment. Mediapro has seen its credit rating downgraded as a […]

OneFootball bags Brazilian FTA Ligue 1 rights

Digital football media company OneFootball will broadcast France’s Ligue 1 for free in Brazil. Interest in Ligue 1 is high in Brazil, with national team superstar Neymar playing for league champions Paris Saint-Germain, along with compatriots Marquinhos and Lucas Paqueta. The FTA deal comes in partnership with BeIN Media Group and was facilitated by sports […]

LFP threatens to abandon Mediapro deal after payment failure

The Professional Football League (LFP) of France is gearing up to abandon its domestic rights deal with Spanish media agency Mediapro. According to the AFP, the league is threatening to abandon its four-year deal mere months into the partnership after Mediapro failed to make its second rights payment of €172 million. The agency kicked off […]

Mediapro unveils Téléfoot as Free launches football highlights app

Mediapro’s new French football offering, Téléfoot, is set to go live on Monday with three distinct offers and three distribution deals in place – with SFR, Bouygues Telecom and Apple – to help it achieve its goal of 3.5 million paying subscribers to achieve profitability. Mediapro yesterday unveiled its offering and presenter line-up Meanwhile, Free, […]

Mediapro makes first payment for top-tier French football

Mediapro has made its first tranche of payment of top-tier French football rights, paying €172 million including tax for its 80% share of Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 rights to the LFP, the French professional football league. Overall, the LFP has received €256.5 million from broadcasters. Mediapro’s share excluding tax amounts to €143 million, while […]

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