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Daily Motion secures internet rights to French domestic volleyball

The Ligue Nationale de Volley, the French volleyball league, agreed a deal with video-sharing website Daily Motion for internet rights to the men’s and women’s domestic leagues for the remainder of the 2011-12 season. The deal marks the first time French domestic volleyball has been shown live on the internet.

Daily Motion will show regular matches from the Ligue A Masculine, the top-tier men’s league, throughout the rest of this season. It will also broadcast matches from the latter stages of the top-tier women’s league and the second-tier men’s league.

Daily Motion began its live internet coverage of the Ligue A Masculine with the Toulouse-Ajaccio match on Friday, February 3. Its next match will be the Toulouse-Cannes Ligue A men’s match on Friday, February 10.

The parties may extend the deal beyond the end of this season.

In October last year, the LNV agreed a four-year television rights deal, from 2011-12 to 2014-15 with Ma Chaîne Sport, the basic-tier pay-television channel, replacing pay-television operator Canal Plus as the league’s domestic television partner.