Opinion: Ligue 1 media rights row ought to fear the Premier League
The information that French broadcaster Canal+ has handed again its media rights to Ligue 1 and referred to as for a recent bidding course of might have main ramifications throughout Europe.
The corporate was as a consequence of display two video games per week beneath the phrases of a sub-license settlement with beIN Media, however this has now been cancelled.
Canal+ President Maxime Saada instructed Le Figaro that Ligue 1 ‘has been subsidised for a few years’ and that ‘no broadcaster has succeeded in making it worthwhile’.
Saada additionally argued that with fixtures involving main golf equipment like Paris Saint-Germain being extra profitable than different matches, the media rights deal ought to replicate this.
“There is just one strategy to objectively and transparently materialise the market worth of Ligue 1, and that’s the name for tenders,” he stated.
“We’re going to supply the LFP a common technical resolution that can enable all French individuals, whether or not subscribers to Canal+ or not, to observe the matches in pay-per-view.
“After all, Canal+ would donate a lot of the income to the LFP, and due to this fact to the golf equipment.”
The newest row over media rights follows the collapse of a broadcast deal between Ligue 1 and Spanish multimedia group Mediapro and leaves golf equipment going through huge monetary difficulties.
Very similar to different main leagues, the French prime flight is closely reliant on revenue from broadcasters and sponsorships from main manufacturers.
With different prime European leagues seeing their broadcast income stage off or dip in worth in current occasions, the developments in France are clearly worrying for soccer.
Tv promoting income fell by round 17 p.c in Western Europe final yr, which may have a significant impression on broadcasters who purchase media rights.
The state of affairs in France highlights that the Premier League and different main European competitions might nicely need to reign of their expectations when the following TV offers are being negotiated.