The Qatari channel BeIN Sports appealed Thursday, July 15 to Canal + in summary before the commercial court of Nanterre in order to oblige it to respect the contract binding them for the diffusion of two matches of Ligue 1 per day for 332 million euros, a we learned from a source close to the negotiations.
Canal +, which has announced its desire to withdraw from Ligue 1 since the Professional Football League (LFP) awarded 80% of matches to Amazon Prime in mid-June, has not honored a first installment of 500,000 euros to BeIN sports, according to this source. “It’s marginal compared to the contract, but it’s a first failure”, said the source.
First breach of contract
This non-payment is indeed the first breach of the contract between the two broadcasters since 2018, and which was contracted after the call for tenders of the LFP. At the time, the Sino-Spanish group Mediapro had won 80% of L1 matches for 780 million euros, and the Qatari channel had obtained lot 3 (two matches) for 332 million euros per year. She then sublicensed this lot to Canal +.
But, since the failure of Mediapro, the cards have been redistributed, and Canal + finds itself in a situation where it must pay 332 million euros for two matches per day of L1, when Amazon must for its part pay 259 million. euros for eight games. “It’s an economic distortion that cannot suit anyone. Canal + is right to fight so that this is not allowed ”, analyzes a source close to the two broadcasters.
The encrypted channel had sent a letter to BeIN Sports on Tuesday, explaining that it was suspending its sub-license contract which links it with the Qatari channel, an option that obviously does not suit BeIN Sports, yet an ally of the encrypted channel since 2018. Joined by AFP, neither Canal + nor BeIN Sports wished to comment.
On August 5, Canal + is supposed to make a second payment of several tens of millions of euros to BeIN Sports, so that the Qatari channel then pays the LFP.
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