The sports network “BN Sport” received a new blow regarding the rights to broadcast European leagues, after it lost a legal battle in France with the famous French channel network “Canal Plus”, thus losing the rights to broadcast the French Football League in the new season. This came after losing in a previous period the rights to broadcast the German League, and finally the rights to broadcast the Italian League, whose contract has not yet been renewed, in addition to a number of cup tournaments in several European countries, including Spain and Italy.
Yesterday, a French court specialized in commercial disputes rejected a request by beIN Sports that the French channel pay it 330 million euros in exchange for the loss of the rights to broadcast the French League to it. Canal Plus had refused to pay the amount, claiming that the French Football League (LFP) granted the broadcasting rights of 80% to the Amazon network, and therefore it was no longer useful to obtain the rights through beIN Sports.
And “BN Sport” has only one solution if it wants “Canal Plus” to pay it the agreed amount, which is to sue the French League, win its case with it and restore rights, which is very difficult, according to European media, including “Digital T. in Europe”.
And the problems of broadcasting rights in France began after the collapse of the agreement between the League and the “Media Pro” Foundation, with a value of 750 million euros, so “BN Sport” intervened to save the French League and its clubs, and agreed with “Canal Plus” on a sub-license granting the latter 20% of broadcasting rights for 330 million euros. But then the League granted 80% of the rights to Amazon for 250 million euros, leaving beIN Sports out of the game, and in a very awkward position with Canal Plus, which now has a court ruling not to pay what it agreed. It is with beIN Sports.
The interesting thing is that “Canal Plus” can get the remaining 20% for 80 million euros, and not 330 million euros, as it agreed to in a previous period with “BN Sport”. The situation of the “BN Sport” network is also very difficult, given that its president is the president of the French club Nasser Al-Khelaifi, who is at the same time a member of the board of directors of the French League.
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