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French commercial broadcaster TF1 was expecting to recoup 40 per cent of its outlay on the 2019 Rugby World Cup from its ill-fated attempt to find a sublicensee, SportBusiness Media understands.

The French government strongly encouraged public-service broadcaster France Télévisions to reach an Olympics sublicensing deal with US media group Discovery for the 2022 to 2024 cycle to ensure the widest access to the Paris 2024 games, SportBusiness Media understands.

The Fédération Française de Handball is struggling to find a free-to-air partner for French national-team matches after carving these rights out of its new deal with beIN Sports, SportBusiness Media understands.

The Ligue Nationale de Rugby’s desire for greater revenues drove the shift to a minimum guarantee from a pure revenue share in its renewal of the Top 14 international rights distribution contract with Canal Plus.

BeIN Media Group has told SportBusiness Media it is in talks with various parties for the domestic free-to-air rights for the Ligue Nationale de Handball competition from 2019 to 2023; one of these parties is understood to be French digital-terrestrial channel L’Équipe TV.

The French Tennis Federation (FFT) has launched a domestic rights tender for the French Open grand slam tournament from 2021 to 2023

French public-service broadcaster France Télévisions has partnered with social media company Snapchat to launch a new series of sport-focused videos.

The French National Olympic and Sports Committee (CNOSF) has launched a new channel designed to promote a wide range of sports across all levels

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The increase of 190 per cent in the value of the rights to France’s second football division, Ligue 2, was unusual in that it was not driven by direct competition between players in the market.

The English Premier League has benefited from a second successive strategic bid for its rights in France but that did not prevent a fall in their value

In the latest interactive monthly data report, SportBusiness Media analyses the media-rights landscape in France.

Sports broadcaster Eurosport has had its grip on MotoGP rights across Europe weakened in recent times, despite its renewal of rights in the Netherlands.

The RDA agency will look to extract more value from Australia and New Zealand and strike deals in the Pacific Islands for the first time, after taking over international rights to the Super League.

Patrick Comninos, chief executive of the Basketball Champions League, spoke to media at the Fiba Final Four event last week about Greek basketball club Panathinaikos reported interest in joining the competition.

Competition between sports-rights agencies has helped Spain’s LaLiga grow the value of its media rights in several new deals across Europe.

French commercial broadcaster TF1 has acquired rights to the 2019 Rugby World Cup after taking up an option in its deal for the 2015 tournament, TV Sports Markets understands.

France’s football federation earned an increase of about 170 per cent in the value of its domestic women’s and youth football media rights last month.

Formula One Management has increased its media-rights income from France following last week’s free-to-air deal with commercial broadcaster TF1.

Uefa secured increases for various national-team media rights in recent deals covering France, Ireland and Romania.

IMG’s packaging of Euroleague and Eurocup basketball rights has led to another big increase, this time in France from a deal with SFR Sport

The French football federation increased the value of its domestic Coupe de France media rights by about 33 per cent in a joint renewal with France Télévisions and Eurosport.

France Télévisions prised prestigious free-to-air tennis rights from M6 late last month, despite paying no increase for the rights.