Amazon’s share in French football TV rights triggers a furious boycott of Canal + – –

Amazon’s share in French football TV rights triggers a furious boycott of Canal + – –

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                L'attribution d'une part des droits télévisuels du championnat de France à Amazon vendredi a déclenché un boycott furieux de la part de l'autre adjudicataire Canal+.

                                    <p>La Ligue française venait d'annoncer que les droits de diffusion des matchs de Ligue 1 avaient été attribués à Amazon et Canal+ dans le cadre d'un accord d'une valeur de 663 millions d'euros (802,23 millions de dollars) avant que Canal+ n'annonce son retrait.

Canal + said it was not ready to share the rights with Amazon.

“Canal + will therefore not broadcast Ligue 1,” he said in a press release.

With less than two months from the start of the 2021-2022 French season in early August, the image of the TV rights of the French League (LFP) is once again plunged into chaos.

The LFP had tried to find replacements for the Spanish-Chinese company Mediapro, which abandoned its recording contract last season.

On Friday, the LFP chose to share Ligue 1 rights between Canal + and Amazon, also awarding the American distribution giant a share of Ligue 2 matches with beIN Sport.

The deals amount to 663 million euros ($ 802 million) and are expected to take place from 2021 to 2024.

The total meant that French professional clubs were to share half of the 1.2 billion euros per season they thought they would receive by choosing Mediapro, whose foray into France turned into a fiasco.

But the total was still close to the amount paid by Canal + and beIN when they shared the rights directly for the 2016-2020 cycle.

Canal + was to pay 332 million euros per season over the period for the right to broadcast two matches of each round of Ligue 1 in France. Amazon was to pay 250 million euros per year for the national rights of the other eight.

Canal +, which failed Friday morning in a legal blocking offer from Amazon, immediately announced that it would refuse to broadcast Ligue 1 football next season.

“After the failure of the choice of Mediapro in 2018, Canal + regrets the decision of the Professional Football League to accept Amazon’s offer today to the detriment of that of its historical partners Canal + and beIN Sports”, declared the Canal + subscription channel in a press release. declaration.

According to the deals accepted by the LFP earlier on Friday, BeIN, which has bid for 80% of Ligue 1 matches and all Ligue 2 matches, is expected to settle for two Ligue 2 matches per round at a cost of $ 30 million. ‘euros per season. Amazon will pay 9 million euros, plus production costs, estimated at 25 million euros, for the rest.

Amazon is set to add French football to the recently acquired rights to broadcast Champions League matches in Italy. It also broadcasts football live in Germany and has the rights to some English Premier League matches. It also shows tennis, including some Grand Slam tournaments.

The Mediapro contract was terminated in December, barely four months after the company failed to meet payment deadlines.

Under this agreement, Mediapro broadcast 80% of the games, Canal + paying 330 million euros per year for the rest.

Canal + said in its press release that French viewers could rather watch the sport it is about to broadcast: “The two best matches of each round of the Champions League… the Supercup between Chelsea and Villarreal… Premier League, Top 14 (rugby), Formula 1 and MotoGP. “

(FRANCE 24 with AFP and REUTERS)



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