The French football suffers its first setback in the TV rights of Ligue 1.

For now, it is a setback for French football. None of the five TV rights packages for the period 2024-2029 of Ligue 1 were awarded at the auction on Tuesday, as announced by the Professional Football League (LFP). The « marketing process » will continue. « After receiving several qualitative offers and financial guarantee arrangements for all lots 1 to 5, LFP Media states that none of the five lots were awarded today, in accordance with the provisions of the Ligue 1 call for applications, » the LFP wrote in a statement.

Celle-ci avait mis à prix les deux premiers lots, qui concernent la diffusion en direct des matches, à 800 millions d’euros par saison: 530 millions d’euros pour le lot 1 contenant les deux plus belles affiches et le quatrième choix de chaque journée, 270 millions d’euros pour le lot 2 qui comprend les six autres matches. Des montants jugés importants par plusieurs observateurs des médias et du football, tandis que les droits pour la précédente période ne s’élevaient qu’à 624 millions d’euros.

Is there a possibility of Canal+ returning?

Negotiations between the LFP and interested media outlets will now begin, and could last for several weeks. Potential candidates include Prime Video, beIN Sports, the sports streaming platform DAZN, and Apple. Canal+ may also rejoin the competition, despite the previous statement from Maxime Saada, the president of the group’s executive board, that the encrypted channel would not participate in the auction at the end of September.

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(avec AFP)

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