The Nanterre Commercial Court has rendered its verdict on the case between Canal + and BeIN Sports concerning the broadcasting of Ligue 1. The encrypted channel is authorized to suspend its sub-license for two championship matches, subject to an appeal from BeIN. The Qatari channel will launch legal action on Monday.
Two weeks before the start of the 2021-2022 Ligue 1 season, the uncertainty remains concerning the dissemination of the championship. Or rather two posters, those held by BeIN Sports and sub-licensed to Canal +. This Friday, the Nanterre commercial court ruled in favor of the encrypted channel against the Qatari group, authorizing Canal + to suspend its sub-license. Subject to action by BeIN against the Professional Football League.
Legal action launched on Monday
According to a source close to the Qatari media, legal action will be launched on Monday. Before this appeal was official, BeIN Sports reacted to the decision of the Nanterre commercial court.
“We take note of the provisional decision of the commercial court of Nanterre, which pushes us to initiate legal action against the League, in order to force Canal + to honor its contract, writes the media in a press release from its spokesperson. After more than a year of chaos in the wake of Mediapro’s defection, it is unfortunate that French football still faces such uncertainty, just weeks before the start of the season. “
If, as should be done, BeIN initiates a new procedure, Canal + will have to pay for lot 3 (Saturday 9 p.m. and Sunday 5 p.m.). That is a total of 332 million euros with a first payment scheduled for August 5. The distribution of the rest of the Ligue 1 posters will be provided by Amazon, which has recovered the rights left vacant by Mediapro.