The competition authority on Friday rejected Canal + ‘s complaint against the Professional Football League. The decision – expected – now opens the door to an agreement for new TV rights in 2021-2024.
This was a necessary prerequisite for an agreement for new TV rights. As expected, the competition authority rejected, this Friday morning, the complaint filed by Canal + against the Professional Football League (LFP) last January for “abuse of a dominant position” when the TV rights were brought back into play after the Mediapro fiasco.
The group criticized the LFP for not having carried out a global call for tenders, “without including the rights corresponding to lot 3 (matches on Saturday 9 p.m. and Sunday 5 p.m.) awarded on May 29, 2018 to beIN Sports which had them under – subsequently licensed to GCP (Canal Plus Group) “, specifies the text of the competition authority.
“This substantive referral was accompanied by a request for provisional measures, underlines the text. At the end of its examination, the Authority rejected GCP’s substantive referral and the associated request for provisional measures, considering that they were not supported by sufficient evidence. “
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Towards an agreement between the LFP, Canal + and BeIN
Despite this referral, the encrypted channel had recovered all the matches for the end of the 2020-2021 season. The decision of the instance will now speed things up for the TV rights for the period 2021-2024, unassigned after the Mediapro fiasco. This should be the case in the next few hours. Canal + should recover two prizes (for the matches on Saturday afternoon and Sunday evening) while a channel published by beIN Sports should include the rest of the matches, for a total amount estimated at 600 million euros per year, excluding bonuses .
The decision should be recorded during the board of directors of the LFP, scheduled for Friday noon. Prior to that, a meeting of the TV rights call for tenders steering committee will take place. She was waiting for the competition authority’s decision. This going in the direction of the LFP, the way is free to register the new diffusers. And finally break the deadlock.