The cacophony around the TV rights of the Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 championships continues. Friday, the LFP announced at the end of its board of directors that Amazon won 80% of Ligue 1 until 2024 for the sum of 250 million euros, and that Canal + obtained the broadcasting of two matches by day for the modest sum of 332 million euros.
A distribution of rights that went badly within the encrypted channel which decided to withdraw and not to broadcast Ligue 1 next season. Vexed, its president Maxime Saada considered himself cheated and was determined to defend the interests of his group. Following the withdrawal of Canal, all eyes were therefore on beIN Sports, holder of the famous lot 3 which sublicensed it to Canal +.
beIN Sports supports its ally Canal +
But then again, the situation could become even more tense on this hot topic. According to information from RMC Sport, the Qatari channel would show solidarity with Canal and the latter would not intend to dissociate itself from its ally. Because basically, beIN knows a similar fate as the encrypted channel concerning Ligue 2. Indeed, Amazon has obtained 8 games for 9 million euros per year when beIN will pay 30 million euros for only two games …
An imbalance that clearly deserves reflection … A source close to the Qatari group thus affirms that beIN will refuse to pay the 330 million euros claimed by the LFP for such a low percentage of matches. Another point of convergence between Canal and beIN Sports is product exposure. Because the Roland-Garros tournament broadcast by Amazon Prime would bring together an average of 100,000 viewers … More than ever, the position of Canal + seems strengthened against the LFP with the support of beIN Sports. The next few days promise to be decisive for the future of French football …