The French championship is threatened with collapse

The new TV deal was supposed to save the French league from the imminent financial ruin associated with the pandemic.

Instead, it only got worse.

Shortly after Ligue 1 announced its desire to make Amazon the leading broadcaster, longtime partner Canal Plus angrily declared that if so, he would neither pay nor air his two matches a week. Certainly not at that price. And certainly not when Amazon pays $ 100 million less for a lot more games.

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It’s easy to imagine the horror the Canal Plus boycott could be for the devastated French teams. They lost viewers last year and were left without a possible $ 1 billion television contract. And now things have gotten even worse.

Amazon agreed to show eight games a week for $ 300 million a season. As for Canal Plus, it paid almost $ 400 million for two games a week. And now the broadcaster refuses to pay at all. This threatens not just a lack of reinforcements, but the complete bankruptcy of many teams.

And there are only a few weeks to resolve the issue.

All this is happening against the backdrop of Euro 2020, in which France, being one of the main favorites, took off in the 1/8 finals. Most of the national team players play for clubs outside of France, but almost all started their careers at home. And now their native teams are wondering what awaits them next. Will they be able to buy someone or at least pay salaries? Or maybe you need to sell everything?

The deal with the American giant came as a shock to anyone who was convinced the league’s deal with Canal Plus, the league’s partner since 1984, would end after the French network won the tender. But as a result, the choice fell on Amazon over Canal Plus and its Qatari partner beIN Sports.

Canal Plus executives have long voiced concerns about the deal with the Americans, and Maksim Saada, CEO, said Amazon’s influence threatened Canal Plus’s entire business model. The French league simply could not refuse such a large company leading in the field of e-commerce.

It seems that in recent years, France simply has not been able to pull itself together. When the coronavirus began, the season was cut short and not temporarily suspended as was the case in all the other top leagues in Europe. And then came an even more serious crisis – Mediapro, a company with Chinese investors that signed a record deal with the French, said it was unable to pay what was promised. And just three months after signing the contract, she completely abandoned the rights she bought for French football.

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