For Maxime Saada, Canal+ “no longer has the means to intervene” in TV rights

For Maxime Saada, Canal+ “no longer has the means to intervene” in TV rights
For Maxime Saada, Canal+ “no longer has the means to intervene” in TV rights

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The black screen, again and again. A month and a half before the resumption of the French Ligue 1 championship, the Professional Football League (LFP) still finds itself with its back to the wall in the thorny issue of TV rights. The elite of French football still does not have a single broadcaster for the 2024-2029 period, and the two solutions envisaged, namely an offer from DAZN and the launch of a 100% L1 channel created by the League itself, do not seem to suit anyone or almost anyone. It is therefore from afar that Canal+, the historic broadcaster of the competition before the upheaval of recent years, is witnessing the perilous situation.

“Not a surprise”

“Unfortunately, the situation is not a surprise to us,” Maxime Saada commented on Monday morning, before the Audiovisual and Digital Communication Regulatory Authority (ARCOM). “We are often accused of irritation, resentment or bitterness, I can understand why, but the subject is essentially economic. Canal+ tried against Mediapro, then against Amazon, then with DAZN a few months ago to get back into the Ligue 1 competition game. The LFP did not want it and Canal+ had no choice but to allocate its resources, which remain relatively rare, to other competitions, in particular the Champions League. So we no longer have the means today to intervene in this matter,” the president of Canal+ ruled at the assembly. “We hope that it will find a positive outcome for French football because we remain very invested, particularly in the Champions League, and we hope that French clubs will be able to prosper there,” continued the director of the encrypted channel.

To sum up

The black screen, again and again. A month and a half before the resumption of the French Ligue 1 championship, the Professional Football League (LFP) still finds itself with its back to the wall in the thorny issue of TV rights. The elite of French football still does not have a single broadcaster for the 2024-2029 period, and the two solutions envisaged, namely an offer from DAZN and the launch of a 100% L1 channel created by the League itself, do not seem to suit anyone or almost anyone. It is therefore from afar that Canal+, the historic broadcaster of the competition before the upheaval of recent years, is witnessing the perilous situation.

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