TV rights: The 100% Ligue 1 channel presented by the LFP, some presidents worried

TV rights: The 100% Ligue 1 channel presented by the LFP, some presidents worried
TV rights: The 100% Ligue 1 channel presented by the LFP, some presidents worried

The Professional Football League presented in detail its project to create a 100% Ligue 1 channel. Not all club presidents were completely convinced.

This Friday, at the headquarters of the Professional Football League located on Boulevard de Courcelles, the leaders of French clubs were gathered, the majority present by videoconference. As expected and announced for several days, a presentation of the project to create a 100% Ligue 1 channel was carried out by Benjamin Morel, general director of LFP Médias.

During his presentation, he confirmed that all potential distributors had been contacted, from internet service providers (Bouygues, Free, Orange and SFR) to 100% digital platforms. If only Canal+ is not yet in contact with the LFP, due to lack of response, it plans for the group to be involved, not imagining it remaining insensitive until the end. At the same time, the creation of an application is being considered. In addition to the broadcast of matches, VODs, match summaries, a Fantasy Ligue 1 game or even a personalized experience will be offered. A linear broadcast is planned from Friday evening, 7 p.m., to Sunday at midnight.

Regarding the price, which has been the subject of so much discussion for several weeks, the Professional Football League has not changed its tune: “the price of a subscription at 25 euros (30 including tax for The team) over 10 months has been recorded,” indicates RMC Sport, which highlights the questions of certain presidents, such as Jean-Pierre Rivière in Nice. The latter finds this amount excessive and made it known without any debate arising. The LFP aims for a net turnover of 578 million euros on average per year for the period 2024-2029 and is targeting up to 3.3 million subscribers. Once again, certain presidents stepped up to the plate (Jean-Michel Roussier, Le Havre AC), but Vincent Labrune raised two arguments: the fact of offering all the meetings and… being distributed by Canal.

The big problem concerns the economic impact for clubs while the next payments of TV rights are usually scheduled for the months of August and October. Unable to give a concrete answer, the LFP postponed this question until next month, still hoping that certain players will move as the start of Ligue 1 approaches, scheduled for the weekend of August 18. To date, no final decision has been made.

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