shipwreck announced for French football!

shipwreck announced for French football!
shipwreck announced for French football!

In just over a month, Ligue 1 will resume its rights but, for the time being, uncertainty reigns. And for good reason. At the time of writing, the elite of French football still does not have a broadcaster. While the billion euros has been consigned to oblivion for a little while, the TV rights saga continues to make the various club presidents tremble, already expecting a discounted rate for the period 2024-2029. Canal+ and beIN Sports are in no hurry to satisfy Vincent Labrune’s demands, the latter has however recently received two new proposals…

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Vincent Labrune, more under pressure than ever!

So, The team et RMC Sport claimed this Friday that DAZN had made a proposal of €375 million per year for choices 1, 2 and 4, namely the Sunday match at 9 p.m. and those of Saturday, scheduled at 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. For its part, Warner Bros Discovery has drawn up an offer to integrate the Ligue 1 channel into a Max bouquet with series and other sports content and thus have all the Ligue 1 matches. A solution that could bring the LFP approximately €600 million per year depending on the number of subscribers. Enough to relieve the French clubs? Nothing is less certain.

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In today’s edition, The team thus devotes a long page to this interminable soap opera. The opportunity for the French daily to return to the enormous threat currently hanging over the Ligue 1 residents. Indeed, based on DAZN’s offer of €375 million on average over 5 years for 8 matches out of 9 and including another broadcaster for the last match and the sale of 100% of the matches almost live, plus beIN’s €40 million for L2, the League could hope to obtain between €450 and €500 million approximately for L1 and L2. But how much will the French clubs actually have left? Not much if we are to believe the various taxes planned on the final amount.

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200 million euros to share…

After removing the 20% CVC tax, corresponding to the catch-up of the first two years when the fund had not received anything and amounting to nearly €130 million, the Buffet tax (5% of the amount of rights), the various subsidies paid to the Federation (around €14.2 million) and to the various players’ unions (€1.09 million), coaches (€800,000), clubs (€1.1 million) and other families (€900,000), the share of L2 currently capped at €87 million and the operating costs of the LFP, there would only be €200 million left in national rights to be shared between the 18 Ligue 1 teams. If arrangements could still be made, then the LFP board of directors has planned to meet again this Saturday, concern is high.

As a reminder, during the 2023-2024 financial year, the LFP distributed €413 million in national rights to the 18 L1 clubs. An amount allowing, for example, Paris Saint-Germain to recover €43 million and the last one a little less than €15. In the event that DAZN is finally chosen, the first one should then receive around €15 million, which is what the last ones earned until now. As for the last ones in the ranking, they will have to make do with €5 million, which is what the L2 residents currently receive. In short, a real “looming shipwreck” as recently confided by a president of the French football elite.

Pub. the 06/07/2024 12:52
Updated on 06/07/2024 13:53

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