Ligue 1

LFP president waves off Canal+ protests and calls for common sense

Vincent Labrune, the president of the French Professional Football League (LFP) says that “common sense” is required from Canal+ amid the broadcaster’s boycott of Ligue 1. The Vivendi-owned broadcaster is furious over the decision to award the league’s largest rights package to Amazon for €259 million-per season, and has said that it will not broadcast […]

beIN undecided over Ligue 1 move following Canal+ boycott

Qatar-based broadcaster beIN is yet to decide on its next steps following Canal+’s decision to boycott Ligue 1. beIN holds the rights to two fixtures per week for the 2020-24 via a sublicensing deal with Canal+ worth €332 million per year.  Earlier this month, Canal+ was awarded a rights package equating to 20% of the […]

Canal+ threatens boycott of Ligue 1 over Amazon rights award

French broadcaster Canal+ has threatened to pull out of its rights deal with Ligue 1 over the decision to award the largest rights package to Amazon. The French professional league (LFP) announced deals with Canal+ and Amazon until 2024 last week.  The league had previously signed a blockbuster deal with Sino-Spanish media company Mediapro, but […]

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 […]

Ligue 1 extends BT deal in UK and Ireland

BT has renewed its rights deal with France’s Ligue 1. The deal will see the broadcaster be the exclusive home of the French top flight football league in the UK and Ireland until 2024.  BT Sport will show ‘several’ live matches each week, for a total of more than 200 matches per season. Rachel Knight, […]

Rights-holders welcome new French antipiracy law

The French national assembly has adopted new anti-piracy legislation that sports rights-holders say could give a strong boost to their efforts to combat illicit consumption. Article 10 of the proposed new law allows rights-holders and broadcasters to obtain immediate injunctions from a judge to block, remove to de-reference pirate websites and servers that illegally distribute […]

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 […]

Eleven Sports renews Ligue 1 rights in Portugal

Eleven Sports has extended its rights partnership with Ligue 1 in Portugal. The deal will see Eleven continue to be the exclusive home of the French top flight football league until at least 2023/24. The broadcaster will deliver its viewers 381 games a season from the league across its linear and OTT platforms. The rights […]

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 […]

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