Ligue 1 TV rights: rejected by the court against Canal +, BeIN will launch legal action

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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.

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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.

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“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. “

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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.

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