TV rights: From €1 billion to €500 million, Ligue 1 finds itself at an impasse in its quest for a broadcaster

TV rights: From €1 billion to €500 million, Ligue 1 finds itself at an impasse in its quest for a broadcaster
TV rights: From €1 billion to €500 million, Ligue 1 finds itself at an impasse in its quest for a broadcaster

Negotiations between beIN Sports and Canal+ have reportedly broken down, with concerns growing around the sale of television rights to the French championship. The idea of ​​an independent channel nevertheless emerges.

This Thursday, the accession/promotion play-off to Ligue 1 will take place on the pitch at the Stade Geoffroy Guichard. A meeting to follow on the channels of Prime Video, French football broadcaster until the end of the season. Then it’s the leap into the unknown. The Professional Football League (LFP) has still not found broadcasters for the 2024-2029 period since the failure of the call for tenders which took place on February 1. At present, the over-the-counter negotiations have still yielded nothing and beIN Sports’ interest in Ligue 1 is not very pressing. This status quo already worried Pierre Maes, TV rights specialist, mid-last week: “We see at beIN level and not only in France, that they have been tightening the screws and making savings for four years. We also see it on Euro rights. Seeing a massive investment in Ligue 1 today would be contrary to everything we have seen on beIN for four years at a global level”he launched on the radio waves RMC.

A week later, these words reflect reality. Presented as the one and only way out, the Qatari channel would have seen its negotiations with Canal+ be broken, she who nevertheless hoped to be able to find a broadcasting agreement with the encrypted channel. Information revealed by The Parisian in recent hours, a Source of great concern. BeIN Sports agreed to value the domestic rights of Ligue 1 at 700 million euros, but on the condition that Canal reassessed its distribution rights upwards (today at €250 million). Given the progress of the broken negotiations, this positive trend is far from emerging. The solution would then be to rely on agreements with Internet Access Providers (ISPs), announces RMC Sport, but there, the problem is entirely different. For it to be possible, the price of TV rights would have to be lowered to a sum of around 500 million euros, half less than what was initially hoped for. A scenario that the Professional Football League and its leaders would refuse, for the moment, to consider.

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