Ligue 1

Canal+ secures win in legal battle with BeIN Sports

A French court has given French pay TV operator Canal+ a green light to decline to pay its onetime partner BeIN Sports for the Ligue 1 football matches it had previously agreed to sub-license from the Qatar-based broadcaster. The Nanterre commercial court hearing BeIN’s case against Canal+ over non-payment of the money due for the […]

BeIN Sports takes legal action against football partner Canal+

BeIN Sports in France is taking legal action against its partner Canal+ over the latter’s decision not to transmit the Ligue 1 football matches it previously agreed to sublicense from the Qatar-based broadcaster. Le Monde and AFP have reported that BeIN Sports has filed a suit with the Nanterre commercial court demanding payment of €332 […]

Amazon prices Ligue 1 at €12.99 per month

Amazon has revealed what French consumers can expect to pay to watch Ligue 1. In a deal which has sunk French football into chaos, Amazon picked up the mantle vacated by Mediapro earlier this year and will carry 80% of Ligue 1 matches for the next three seasons. Amazon was handed a cut-price €275 million […]

Disney picks up Ligue 1 rights in Brazil ahead of Star+ launch

While Ligue 1’s domestic rights continue to be embroiled in controversy, the LFP has continued to hand out international rights with the latest going to Disney in Brazil. Disney will be the exclusive broadcaster of the league in the country, with Brazilian superstar Neymar being a key player for cash-rich Paris Saint Germain. The company […]

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 […]