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BeIN Sport nears subscriber payment threshold

The Ligue de Football Professionnel, the French football league, is set to benefit from increased revenues from its rights deal with beIN Sport as the pay-television broadcaster edges towards the 1.5 million subscriber mark, according to L’Equipe.

The newspaper said that beIN Sport’s subscriber base currently stands at about 1.47 million, and adding a further 300,000 customers will trigger a clause in its contract with the league.

As soon as the 1.5 million figure is reached, beIN Sport will have to pay the LFP an additional €1 ($1.36) per month for any additional subscribers. This clause could amount to €6m per year when the broadcaster secures two million customers.

In June 2012, LFP president Frederic Thiriez said that the league’s rights deal with beIN Sport included the potential for higher fee payments if there is a “significant increase” in the number of subscribers to the service in the final two seasons of the current cycle from 2012-13 to 2015-16.