Ligue 1 TV rights: Canal+ officially abandons the championship

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Canal+ withdraws from the race for Ligue 1 TV rights.

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New episode in the Ligue 1 TV rights saga. While the LFP is still looking for a broadcaster for the competition, our colleagues at The Team report that Canal+ seems to have withdrawn definitively from the race due to lack of means.

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An economic question

Maxime Saada, president of Canal+, who spoke yesterday to the Audiovisual and Digital Communication Regulatory Authority (ARCOM) to defend the renewal of Canal+ Sport on DTT, raised the issue of broadcasting rights. League 1 at the same time. He then explained that the encrypted channel had not “we no longer have the means today to intervene in this matter.”

Already in 2023, at the dawn of the launch of the call for tenders for the Ligue 1 TV rightswe learned that Canal+ did not intend to participate even though the group was one of the emblematic partners of the League. At the time, Saada had declared that Canal+ felt “discredited”” compared to Amazon and increasingly suggested that the group wanted to withdraw from Ligue 1.

Kylian Mbappé against Rennes.

For the 2023/2024 season, Prime Video was the broadcaster of Ligue 1.

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If one could then think that Canal+ was operating a strategic positioning in the hope of negotiating with the LFP, Saada now seems to confirm, with his statement before ARCOM, the group's desire to move on:

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“Canal+ tried, against Mediapro, then against Amazon, then with DAZN a few months ago, to get back into the Ligue 1 competition game. The LFP did not want it and Canal+ had no choice but to allocate its resources, which remain relatively rare, to other competitions, in particular the Champions League. So we no longer have the means today to intervene in this matter. We hope that it will find a positive outcome for French football because we remain very invested, particularly in the Champions League, and we hope that French clubs will be able to prosper there.”

This is the end of the relationship between Canal+ and Ligue 1.

This is the end of the relationship between Canal+ and Ligue 1.

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As noted The TeamCanal+ still has in its portfolio all the European football cups, acquired until 2027, as well as the Premier League (until 2028), the Formula 1 and the MotoGP (until 2029) or the Top 14 and the Pro D2 (until 2032).

As for Ligue 1, the LFP still has two options to consider: an offer of 375 million euros per year for the TV rights to eight out of nine matches per league day made by DAZN, or the possibility of creating a 100% Ligue 1 channel offered on the Max streaming platformThis offer from Warner Bros. Discovery could amount to 600 million euros per year.

With just over a month to go until the start of the championship, will the LFP finally make a decision? A case (once again) to be continued.

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