Ligue 1 TV rights: the Nanterre commercial court ruled in favor of Canal + against BeIN Sports

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The Nanterre Court ruled in favor of Canal + in its lawsuit opposing BeIN Sports concerning the TV rights of Ligue 1. The encrypted channel can therefore suspend its contract which provided, by sub-license, for the broadcasting of two matches. Subject to action by the Qatari channel against the LFP.

Two weeks before the resumption of Ligue 1, the Nanterre commercial court has rendered its verdict on the conflict between Canal + and beIN Sports on the payment to the League of two elite matches for the sum of 332 million d ‘euros.

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According to our information, the Nanterre commercial court ruled on Canal +. The court rules that the encrypted channel can suspend its sublicence if BeIN does not sue the Professional Football League. If, on the other hand, the Qatari media 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. According to a source familiar with the matter specifies that “BeIN is currently examining what action it can take in court. But that does not mean that the channel must pay and broadcast.”

According to our information, exchanges took place again this morning between the Professional Football League and BeIN. The latter, via its strategic director and its general manager France, wanted to lower the amount of the invoice for these two matches. Without success in the end.

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Their alliance shattered

Since mid-June and the attribution of 80% of L1 matches to Amazon for 250 million euros, Canal +, judging the cost of these two meetings too high, wants to withdraw from L1, judging this choice of the LFP like the insult of too many. But the encrypted channel is linked with beIN Sports which sublicensed it in 2018 the two matches of lot 3 that the Qatari channel had obtained during the call for tenders.

The two broadcasters had since sealed an alliance of reason, first against the Sino-Spanish group Mediapro which sank a few months later and then to weigh more heavily against the LFP. If Canal + no longer wanted to hear about the L1, it remained bound by contract with beIN which must pay the bill to the LFP. And suddenly found herself in spite of herself in the middle of the battle. After their alliance was shattered, it was finally the commercial court that decided.

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