And another twist in the French football TV rights drama. If BeIN Sports had lost its first battle against the League, it won the one against Canal+. It is therefore at the latter that the two posters of lot 3 will be broadcast.
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The referee has finally blown the whistle on the match between BeIN Sports and Canal+.
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It took until the eve of the first day of Ligue 1 to finally hear what seriously looks like a denouement in the never-ending saga of French football broadcasting rights. On Thursday, the commercial court in Nanterre finally ruled in favour of BeIN Sports against its partner Canal+. The latter will therefore have to broadcast the two matches in package 3, which it sublicenses to the Qatari group. This also means that the encrypted channel will have to pay its instalments, the first of which, valued at 56 million euros, is due to be paid today. Canal+ can still appeal against this decision, but will have to respect its commitments, at least during the new procedure.
The soap opera is not quite over
The delicate situation in which BeIN has found itself since its defeat in court against the Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) will only have lasted 24 hours. It must be said that in the case between the Qatari group and Canal +, the League had come to assist the former, in order to force the latter to respect its commitments. After Amazon’s surprise victory at the beginning of the summer, the encrypted channel announced its total withdrawal from Ligue 1, criticising the 259 million euros paid by Amazon for eight Ligue 1 fixtures, while BeIN/Canal+ is supposed to pay 332 million for two matches per day. The Qatari bouquet, caught off guard and which had made absolutely no provision for the production of Ligue 1 in its budget, then had no choice but to take its former partner to court.
It is therefore on Canal+ that the Saturday 9pm and Sunday 5pm matches will be broadcast, at least temporarily. First deadline this weekend with Troyes-PSG and then Metz-Lille. But the legal conflicts are not yet over between the broadcasters and the League, and this cursed lot 3 should still be talked about in the weeks to come.