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Ben Sports could solve French football’s TV deal crisis


After the deal with Telefoot/MediaPro collapsed, it is no secret that Ligue D Football Professional (LFP) Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 are struggling to find a new broadcaster who could cover the four years between 2021 and 2024. Following the MediaPro fiasco, an agreement was reached with Canal+ to carry all the rest of Ligue 1 action for the broadcaster. For the 2020/21 campaign. However, Canal+ quickly revealed that the situation would change from next season.

Canal+, the group headed by Maxim Saada, wants to broadcast only what they consider to be the two best matches of the game week, namely Saturday afternoon and Sunday evening in exchange for €370m a year. This is a big problem for the LFP as they want one broadcaster for the other eight matches per week. Several possibilities are being explored and mentioned by the LFP, the possibility of negotiating with the streaming media DAZN or the creation of its own channel by the LFP (which costs between €10 and €11 per month). will be).

Qatari Channel, according to L’Equipe (via GFFN) be involved in sports are reportedly reconsidering their position but under certain conditions. Bein is seeking a waiver of his Ligue 2 rights. The LFP wants around €32m annually to span the two Ligue 2 matches by 2024, but Bein Sports wants to reduce this amount to €20m. In return, the channel will ensure the telecast of another eight matches which are currently not broadcast.

Bein Sports also wants to reduce the amount it has to pay for the international TV rights to Ligue 1. Currently, they pay €75m per year. This would be bad news for the LFP as the amount earmarked for international rights is already far less than France’s European neighbours. If Bean Sports returns to the sport, the LFP expects to be able to recover between €150m to €200m per season (in addition to the €370m paid by Canal+), bringing the annual domestic rights deal to €570m per season. will take a year. French clubs could lose key players this summer as they seek to compensate for the lack of broadcast revenue by listening to players’ offers. LFP This situation needs to be resolved as soon as possible to bring stability to French football.

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