In an interview with So Foot, Pierre-Antoine Capton, president of the supervisory board of Stade Malherbe de Caen, looks back on the Mediapro fiasco and explains why it is relevant to have an elite with 18 clubs.
Two months before the resumption of Ligue 1, French football remains in the unknown concerning the thorny subject of TV rights. The League is still looking for one or more broadcasters for the period 2021-2024 and this question is on the agenda of its general assembly scheduled for Thursday. While potential candidates seem cautious, in a context not conducive to major investments, the Mediapro fiasco is still in everyone’s mind. The LFP had to draw a line on an annual jackpot of 1.217 billion euros for Ligue 1 and Ligue 2, after the failure and withdrawal of its major broadcaster, last December. And for clubs, the current situation remains extremely unclear.
“The show must be better”
“Mediapro was a disaster, and I think we are not yet aware of the situation that we will find in a few months, once all the clubs have faced the DNCG”, notes Pierre-Antoine Capton, chairman of the supervisory board of the Stade Malherbe de Caen, in an interview published this Thursday by So Foot. “Initially, they are producers in Spain, in many countries, with serious groups behind. But they have accumulated a lot of difficulties: the Covid, the show that was less good, subscribers who did not follow. the truth is that there is a football broadcaster in France, and it’s Canal +. He was doing his job very well and was fired without respect. Some club presidents have looked no further than the end their nose, “he regrets.
In addition to the regulation of TV rights, the project of a tightening of a Ligue 1 to 18 clubs, which could lighten the schedule and offer more income to elite teams, was at the heart of the discussions during the assembly. general of the LFP. And this reform of a Ligue 1 with 18 clubs by 2023-2024 was voted 97.28% for, 2.72% against, according to our information. “The show has to be better,” continues Capton to So Foot. “It’s horrible to say, but there are games that no one is interested in. Then, since there is less income, we have to do in sort of make the competition more attractive. “