INFO RMC SPORT. While Canal + announced Friday to withdraw from Ligue 1, the situation of television rights until 2024 remains tense and uncertain. Starting with the payment of the 332 million euros promised by the encrypted channel for the posters of Saturday 5 p.m. and Sunday 9 p.m. (lot 3). Problem for the League, the Qatari channel is totally in solidarity with Canal +.
Two days after the Canal + press release, French football finds itself again at an impasse. Ligue 1 still does not know the names of its broadcasters until 2024, while its clubs are currently sending their estimated budgets to the DNCG. Blame it on this famous lot 3 corresponding to the broadcast of the meetings on Saturday 5 p.m. and Sunday 9 p.m., acquired by Canal at a gold price (332 million / year) in response to the Mediapro offensive. This lot number 3 is historically held by beIN Sports, which sublicens it to Canal +. But the encrypted channel cannot bear to see Amazon land and take over 80% of Ligue 1 for only 250 million euros per year. Out of the question in his mind to pay 332 million for just two games, far from being posters.
beIN on the same wavelength as Canal
According to our information, the Qatari group is on the same wavelength as its ally Canal, with whom solidarity plays a major role. Because beIN finds itself in the same situation as Canal on Ligue 2. Amazon has won 8 games for 9 million euros per year, where beIN will continue to pay 30 million for only two games. The channel is in the process of considering the best course of action. “We have always supported Canal on this point from the beginning, including in the two legal cases, specifies a source close to beIN Sports. There is no chance that our group will pay 330 million for this percentage.” What does not pass in the choice of the LFP, it is the exposure of the product.
This same source adds that “the penetration of Amazon Prime in French homes is absolutely terrible”: “Few people will watch Ligue 1! For example, the current Roland-Garros tournament gathered on average 100,000 viewers …”. The next few weeks promise to be decisive, with perhaps new legal proceedings initiated by Canal and its CEO Maxime Saada, leader in this battle against the League. On the side of club presidents, we cling to the idea that Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, president of PSG and president of beIN Media Group, cannot let down his colleagues in Ligue 1. It remains to be seen what cap of Nasser Al-Khelaïfi will have the last word: that of president or that of chain boss.