Unable to pay for the L1 matches it bought, the Téléfoot channel will shut down on December 23.
“It’s a blessed day for French football. ” If Jean-Michel Aulas, the boss of Olympique Lyonnais had known, he would probably have refrained from exulting, this Tuesday, May 29, 2018. The Professional Football League (LFP) had then closed its call for tenders for the resale of Ligue 1 TV rights between 2020 and 2024. Successfully, she thought. By bringing into the field Mediapro, a Sino-Spanish group unknown in France, the body of the round ball succeeded in crossing the billion mark of receipts so hoped for. A spectacular jump of 60% compared to the previous call for tenders. General champagne tour… and a big hangover on arrival.
Four months after its kickoff, Téléfoot, the main broadcaster of Ligue 1, has just sunk body and goods. Citing the health crisis and a depreciated Ligue 1 “product” to renegotiate downward its contract, Jaume Roures’ group has not honored its last two deadlines. Or 324 million euros which are never
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