Canal+ will continue to broadcast the Top 14 and Pro D2 until 2032

Canal+ will continue to broadcast the Top 14 and Pro D2 until 2032
Canal+ will continue to broadcast the Top 14 and Pro D2 until 2032

The Canal+ group extended its broadcast rights for the Top 14 and Pro D2 this Wednesday for four additional seasons, as announced by the LNR in a press release.

The expected scenario took place. Historic broadcaster of French rugby, Canal+ retains exclusive TV rights. This Wednesday, the group won the call for tenders for the broadcasting rights of the Top 14 and Pro D2, winning all of the lots for the 2027/2028 to 2030/2031 seasons (with an option for a fifth season ). For the first time, the rights to both championships were marketed during the same call for tenders.

“The Canal+ group wins the 4 lots on offer and will thus have exclusive broadcasting rights for TOP 14 and PRO D2 matches and magazines over the 2027-2032 cycle,” the LNR made official in a press release, noting the at the same time “an increase of 14.7% compared to the current amount of rights”.

A price increase of 36% for the Pro D2

“The total amount of rights amounts to 696.8 million euros over 5 seasons, i.e. an average amount per season of 139.4 million euros,” said the LNR. Canal+ currently pays 113.6 million euros per year for the rights to the Top 14 and 8 million euros for Pro D2. From 2027 and until 2032, the bill will amount to 128.7 million euros for the Top 14, an increase of 13.3%, and 10.7 million euros for the Pro D2 (+ 36%!).

“The new progression of audiovisual rights resulting from this call for tenders will allow professional rugby to plan confidently for the future and continue its development dynamic,” rejoiced Emmanuel Eschalier, Director General of the LNR .

“The success of this call for tenders is the result of several years of construction and strong political choices to make the TOP 14 the benchmark championship for world rugby. The progression of PRO D2 rights is also a sign of the dynamic development of this championship”, enthuses René Bouscatel, president of the League.

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