By purchasing the TV rights to European competitions from 2024-2025, Canal+ has made a huge investment. This is not good news for French football as the encrypted channel, after this major effort, may not bet big on Ligue 1.
Canal+ hit hard. Earlier this week, the encrypted channel promised 480 million euros per season to acquire the rights to European competitions from 2024-2025. That is an increase of 25% compared to the current period. This shows how Canal+ absolutely wanted to win this call for tenders which concerned the Champions League, the Europa League and the Europa League Conference. To believe that these tournaments represent essential values in the chain’s strategy, unlike the League 1…
Very very happy for our subscribers and our teams and very proud to announce that @canalplus just won the broadcast of the entire @ChampionsLeague of the’ @EuropaLeague and some @UEFAConference_ for 2024-2027. #historical #thebestisyettocome pic.twitter.com/NGAQgTiLcB
— Maxime Saada (@maxsaada) June 29, 2022
Because after such an investment, it is difficult to imagine Canal+ betting big on the French championship during the call for tenders scheduled for next year. The Professional Football League would like to return to the amounts negotiated before the Mediapro fiasco, namely 750 million euros. But without the goodwill of Canal+, whose relations with the body remain tense, French TV rights will struggle to take off. Especially since the competition will not necessarily be there.
The LFP can almost give up on beIN Sports, much less spendthrift than before and now an ally of Canal+. We should not expect a good surprise from the Altice group (RMC Sports) either, which no longer has the means to place itself for this kind of competition. As for the DAZN platform and public channels, no offers should be transmitted. He would then remain the current Amazon broadcaster. But his victory in the last call for tenders looks more like an opportunity seized.
Amazon, an uncertain player
The e-commerce giant obviously did not show up for the Champions League. Which is not reassuring for the LFP. The body led by Vincent Labrune could be forced to sell off its product, or to broadcast its matches itself. ” Nobody has dared to do it yetwarned the economist Pierre Maes, contacted by Ouest-France. You need skills that the League does not have today. Unless a surprise candidate appears, Ligue 1 will have to rely on its historic broadcaster.