Ligue 1 TV rights: Canal + will pay and broadcast matches

This Thursday, August 5, the Commercial Court of Nanterre ruled in favor of beIN Sports, in the dispute between it and Canal + on TV rights to football.

This is the decision that French football was waiting for in the television rights series of Ligue 1. This Thursday August 5 at 4 p.m., the Commercial Court of Nanterre ruled in favor of beIN Sports, supported by the Professional Football League (LFP ), in the dispute between it and Canal +. The president of the court thus asked Canal + to respect its annual sub-license contract of 332 million euros signed in 2019 with the Qatari channel and to ensure the broadcasting of the two L1 matches per day, from the famous lot 3. Starting with the Troyes-PSG meeting on Saturday, August 7 and Metz-Lille the next day.

If the encrypted channel does not honor its contractual obligations, the LFP could claim penalties of 1 million euros per day of delay. A few minutes after learning of the interim order, Vincent Bolloré’s channel announced that it was appealing the Tribunal’s decision. This appeal is nonetheless not suspensive and therefore obliges him to respect his obligations pending a next hearing. Canal + intends to broadcast L1 matches from this weekend, according to our information. And the channel will also ensure the first installment of 56 million euros to beIN Sports, or 15% of the amount of its sublicense contract. A significant contribution of new money for football clubs when the championship resumes.

Long-term questions

In mid-June 2021, the Professional Football League (LFP) had awarded 80% of L1 matches to Amazon for only 250 million euros from the 2021-2022 season. “A blessed day for French football”, reacted at the time the president of OL, Jean-Michel Aulas. A few hours later, the president of Canal +, Maxime Saada, announced slamming the door of Ligue 1. Since then, multiple legal proceedings have been initiated between Canal +, beIN Sports and the LFP.

If the questions around the broadcasting of matches have finally found answers this Thursday, August 5, the decision of the Commercial Court of Nanterre is far from putting an end to the case of television rights on the merits. A procedure brought by beIN against the LFP, with the Paris judicial court, will be examined in November, to determine whether this famous lot 3 divided between Amazon and beIN can be renegotiated. The Qatari channel also brought the case against the League to the European Commission, for “distortion of competition” and “abuse of dominant position“.


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