The Stations of the Cross continues for Ligue 1 clubs, suspended from negotiations between potential broadcasters and the Professional Football League (LFP). Friday, it chose to grant the majority of the rights of the championship of France to Amazon, which thus recovers the posters formerly held by Mediapro. In detail, the American giant will broadcast eight games each day, including the Sunday night poster, while the other two games remain the property of Canal Plus.
This decision caused the fury of the encrypted channel which had, in association with its partner BeIN Sports, presented an offer competing with that of Amazon. In the process, the group led by Maxime Saada issued a press release announcing its withdrawal from Ligue 1.
“After the failure of the choice of Mediapro in 2018, Canal + regrets the decision of the Professional Football League (LFP) to retain Amazon’s proposal today to the detriment of that of its historical partners Canal + and beIN Sports. Canal + will therefore not broadcast Ligue 1, ”indicates the Vivendi subsidiary.
Legal action in sight?
Canal Plus, which pays 332 million euros per year for the two meetings it has, considers this amount overvalued. Especially since the eight matches awarded Friday to Amazon will cost him “only” about 250 million euros.
In recent months, the encrypted channel had expressed its wish to put its share back into play, and had seized the Competition Authority for this purpose, accusing the LFP of abuse of a dominant position. But she did not succeed.
The announcement of the withdrawal of Canal Plus therefore suggests a new legal battle, since that involves breaking the contract with the League concluded in 2018. According to our information, legal proceedings will be initiated by the television group, which now intends to be content with the Champions League. While Amazon’s offer has not finished making people cringe. “This offer is like that of Mediapro in 2018, it does not exist because it accumulates virtual sums,”, we deplore at Canal Plus.