The French Football League (LFP), the organising body of club soccer in France, has confirmed that Mediapro has acquired the majority of domestic rights to Ligue 1.
The Spanish broadcaster will pay an annual €1.15 billion (US$1.33 billion) to cover French soccer’s top flight for the 2020 to 2024 cycle. LFP chief executive Didier Quillot told a press conference in Paris that the deal represents a 59.7 per cent jump on the previous five-year agreement, which totalled €726.5 million per year.
Of the seven available rights packages, three were won by Mediapro, including the one featuring Ligue 1’s top ten matches. Qatar’s BeIN Sports secured a smaller rights package, while another was claimed by French telecoms operator Iliad for the first time in its history.
Two packages remain unsold after the reserve price was not met, the LFP said, and will be put up for sale again before the end of the year.
The news comes as a major blow for Canal Plus, which currently shows the majority of Ligue 1 games under the pre-2020 agreement, and has long been viewed as the home of French soccer.
“We’re well aware that what happened today will represent a turning point,” said Quillot, speaking to the Reuters news agency. “[Canal Plus] bid for each of the seven lots, and for each of these lots, it was outbid by someone who had a better offer.”