The end of a long soap opera is coming. After having to deal with the fiasco Mediapro and the withdrawal of the Sino-Spanish group, the teams of the new president of the LFP, Vincent Labrune, had found an emergency solution with Canal +. Exclusive broadcaster of Ligue 1 until the end of the season, the group chaired by Maxime Saada had however let it be known that this scenario was not going to last very long.
Clearly, the encrypted channel did not intend to broadcast more than two matches per day from next season. This forced the LFP to find another broadcaster for the remaining eight matches, not to mention the ten Ligue 2 matches. Several solutions were then mentioned: an association with DAZN or the creation by the LFP of its own channel. In the end, it’s the tandem Canal +/bein Sports which should win the stake for the period 2021-2024.
An agreement signed today?
The team confirms the latest information on this subject and reveals that an agreement between the different parties is about to be signed today. After having long shunned the possibility of broadcasting L1 again, the Qatari channel is going to make a comeback. The daily indicates that Canal + will broadcast the game on Saturday afternoon and Sunday evening. For his part, bein Sports will launch a channel dedicated to L1 (and co-financed by C +) for the broadcasting of other meetings.
Everything therefore seems in place for the deal to be quickly finalized. The team adds that a board of directors must be held this Friday noon. As for the question everyone is asking, here are the financial details of the operation. Canal + would pay around € 370 million per year for the two matches broadcast. The channel dedicated to L1 broadcast on bein Sports would bring in around 165 M € per year. Then there are bonuses: € 40 million for the first year of the contract, a little over € 100 million for the remaining two years. In the end, around € 600 million per season will go into the LFP’s coffers. We are far from the jackpot promised by Mediapro (1.2 billion euros per year), but the League will be satisfied. She doesn’t really have a choice …