The encrypted channel abandons the broadcast of Ligue 1, dissatisfied with sharing the cake with Amazon.
The timing was… perfect. While the Professional Football League (LFP) published a press release on Friday afternoon to formalize the new broadcasters of Ligue 1 and Ligue 2, Canal + threw in the towel, to everyone’s surprise. The group chaired by Maxime Saada clearly contests the choice of Amazon.
“After the failure of the Mediapro choice in 2018, CANAL + regrets the LFP’s decision to retain Amazon’s proposal today to the detriment of that of its historical partners CANAL + and beIN Sports. CANAL + will therefore not broadcast Ligue 1. ”, indicates the press release from C +.
This is another (temporary?) Hard blow for French football in search of funding via TV rights. The abandonment of Canal forces the League to find other partners. An unwelcome waste of time when the clubs must complete their budget as quickly as possible and present them to the DNCG.
During the first call for tenders (May 2018), Mediapro held 8 L1 matches (those of Amazon today) and beIN Sports had two that it sublicensed to Canal +. Bolloré’s group hoped with this new call to keep control of the broadcast of the Sunday evening match. This was no longer obviously the case with the arrival of Amazon.