The boss of Canal + restores his TV rights and calls for a new call for tenders


Maxime Saada, the president of the management board of the Canal + group, declared this Tuesday, January 12 to Le Figaro that the Canal + channel would also return its matches. According to him, Ligue 1 is too expensive. He asked for a new call for tenders from the LFP.

The situation is becoming more and more critical for French football. In an interview published by Le Figaro, the boss of Canal +, Maxime Saada, announced that the encrypted channel would return to the LFP, from next February 5, the two Ligue 1 matches of Saturday 9 p.m. and Sunday 5 p.m. According to him, Ligue 1 has lost too much value.

We finally came to the conclusion on the Canal + side that it was in the interest of all stakeholders to go through a call for tenders. We therefore sent a letter to the LFP to inform them of the return of lot 3 that BeIN Sports sublicensed us.“, he confided to Figaro.

Before continuing: “I believe that the L1 product has been completely degraded. First of all, for economic reasons. Broadcasting on Téléfoot greatly reduced the exposure of the competition. (…) In addition, the arrival of Mediapro has contributed to the exponential growth of piracy. (…) The value of Ligue 1 has also fallen for Canal + “. He also points the finger at the fact that, according to him, Canal + “has not been treated properly in recent years”.

While waiting for a new call for tenders, he says he wants to offer the LFP a “universal technical solution to follow matches in pay per view (pay per match) “.

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