a meeting between Canal+ and the LFP canceled at the last minute

a meeting between Canal+ and the LFP canceled at the last minute
a meeting between Canal+ and the LFP canceled at the last minute

As announced by L’Equipe, and confirmed by AFP, a meeting scheduled for Tuesday between Maxime Saada, the boss of Canal+, and Vincent Labrune, the president of the LFP, to finally discuss TV rights for Ligue 1, was canceled at the last moment.

A meeting planned for Tuesday between Maxime Saada, the boss of Canal+, and Vincent Labrune, the president of the LFP, to finally discuss the TV rights of Ligue 1, was canceled at the last moment, confirmed to AFP this Wednesday. source close to the file, confirming information from the newspaper L’Equipe. This was to be a first contact between the LFP, mired in unsuccessful negotiations to allocate TV rights to Ligue 1 for the period 2024-2029, and Canal+, historic broadcaster of French football, which refused until then take part in it.

The appointment could be rescheduled

But according to the sports daily, the meeting was canceled at the very last minute by Maxime Saada, angered by the comments made by Vincent Labrune in the newspaper Le Monde posted online a few moments earlier, explaining why at the time of Mediapro’s defection At the end of 2020, he preferred Amazon, the current broadcaster of Ligue 1, to Canal+. Arguments that the encrypted channel does not accept. However, if the appointment has been canceled, it may possibly be rescheduled.

Maxime Saada declared in an interview with Le Figaro that “Canal+ will not be the gravedigger of French football”, while specifying that he would not negotiate the next rights to Ligue 1 with the LFP. After having imagined a plan A with the Qatari channel beIN Sports, its preferred interlocutor in the negotiations for TV rights, but never proposed to Canal+ according to the encrypted channel, the LFP has been working for several months on a plan B, currently favored.

This plan would see the body create its own channel for a subscription of 25 euros per month and distributed without exclusivity by different operators via internet service providers (Orange, Free, SFR, Bouygues), connected TVs and game consoles as well as that platforms like Prime Video, DAZN and Canal+ therefore. The LFP Board of Directors is due to meet on Friday to take stock of the progress of the negotiations. It is still planned to meet the following week for a new progress update, according to a source close to the body.

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