With the withdrawal of Mediapro and the reluctance of Canal +, Ligue 1 could find itself without a broadcaster in February. But Canal + has a solution.
Nothing really went as planned this season in Ligue 1. There was first the unthinkable, the withdrawal of Mediapro after two months of the championship, which suddenly put an end to the dream of a billion dollars. euros of the L1. And then, it is the scenario of rescue imagined by the presidents of clubs which flew this Tuesday, with the last announcements of Canal +, not ready to play the firefighters of service for the beautiful eyes of French football.
So much for the failure report. And now, Ligue 1 is exposed to a black screen. There is no guarantee that the championship matches scheduled from February will be broadcast. Concretely, Mediapro has undertaken to broadcast its eight matches per day until January 31, at the latest. Canal +, for its part, paid for its two matches until February 5. For the rest, it’s a total blur. The OM-PSG shock, scheduled for February 7, is currently without a diffuser!
The end of the pay-per-view championship?
The LFP therefore has less than a month to organize a new call for tenders, and find one or more immediately operational broadcasters for Ligue 1 and Ligue 2. This promises to be complicated, and places the League and the clubs in a extremely weak position for the negotiations to come.
But in this stagnation, Canal + provides another alternative. Here is what Maxime Saada proposes in the columns of Le Figaro: “To put an end to this situation, we are going to offer the LFP a universal technical solution that will allow all French people, whether or not they subscribe to Canal +, to follow the matches in Pay per view (payment for the fee). Of course, Canal + would donate most of the revenue to the LFP, and therefore to the clubs. “ This would avoid the black screen, which would make the continuation of the championship virtually meaningless.
Canal + drops its two Ligue 1 matches!