Ligue 1

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]