The Professional Football League has just revealed part of the lineup for the first day of Ligue 1, which will be played on the first weekend of August 8.
One month before the start of the new Ligue 1 season, supporters see it a little clearer. The LFP unveiled this Thursday part of the TV programming of the first day. It is already certain that five matches will be broadcast on Amazon Prime on Sunday August 8: Rennes-Lens (1 p.m.), Saint-Etienne-Lorient (3 p.m.), Bordeaux-Clermont (3 p.m.), Nice-Reims (3 p.m.) and Strasbourg-Angers (3 p.m.).
The rest of the programming for this first day of Ligue 1 will be communicated at the end of the draw for the third qualifying round of the Champions League. A draw scheduled for July 19 and which will concern Monaco. The Rocher club will play its first leg on August 3 or 4, and its return on August 10. It remains to be seen when his first Ligue 1 match against Nantes will take place. Lyon-Brest, Metz-Lille, Montpellier-Marseille and Troyes-PSG have not been fixed either.
Still unclear situation with diffusers
The LFP decided in June to attribute to Amazon the broadcasting of eight of the ten matches of each day of the championship, for 250 million euros per season, over the period 2021-2024, after the huge Mediapro fiasco. The American distribution giant must now specify its distribution system, and in particular the price that subscribers will have to pay. Canal +, historical broadcaster and ally of beIN Sports, holds two matches per day of the championship. But in the wake of the awarding of the prizes, Canal + had announced “to withdraw” from Ligue 1.
In addition, according to information from RMC Sport, the leaders of beIN informed the League that they would finally pay their deadline of July 1 concerning the TV rights of the League 2. That is to say a sum of 7.5 million euros. beIN Sports does not intend to start a war with the League and therefore with the clubs. But the chain intends to maintain the ongoing discussions on the substance to obtain a discount on the price.