BT Sport boosted by Ligue 1 renewal

UK pay-TV broadcaster remains home of French soccer’s top flight until 2021.

BT Sport boosted by Ligue 1 renewal

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BT Sport has agreed a deal to remain the exclusive live home of Ligue 1 in the UK and Ireland until 2021.

As well as coverage of French soccer’s top flight, the pay-TV broadcaster will have the right to exclusively show the Coupe de la Ligue domestic knockout tournament.

The rights package includes up to five live Ligue 1 games every weekend, which will be supported by a weekly preview and highlights show.

The deal means that BT will remain the only place to watch the likes of Brazilian superstar Neymar and French World Cup-winning youngster Kylian Mbappé in domestic action and in the Uefa Champions League, for which BT also has exclusive rights.

“We’re delighted to continue as the home of Ligue 1 until 2021 and we look forward to bringing our viewers comprehensive coverage of all the action from France, with live matches every weekend on TV and mobile via our award-winning BT Sport app,” said Andy Haworth, managing director of strategy and content for BT Consumer.

The news comes as a boost to BT, which recently lost Serie A rights to international broadcaster Eleven Sports, which made its entry into the UK market with live coverage of last weekend’s US PGA Championship. BT is also reported to have lost rights to both the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and National Basketball Association (NBA).

BT’s Ligue 1 coverage will continue to sit alongside a host of other elite soccer competitions, including the Uefa Champions League and Europa League, the Premier League and the Bundesliga.