France Télévisions and Eurosport set to retain Coupe de France rights

Public-service broadcaster France Télévisions and the Eurosport France channel have agreed a deal to retain rights to the Coupe de France club football knockout tournament, according to L’Équipe.

The French newspaper said the two broadcasters have agreed to pay a total of €22m ($25.6m) per year for the rights across the four seasons spanning 2018-19 to 2021-22.

France Télévisions and Eurosport France’s current deal with the French Football Federation is worth €16m per season from 2014-15 to 2017-18.

The FFF launched the sales process in January and L’Équipe reported in March that France Télévisions and Eurosport France had made an offer worth €20m per season. This was not deemed sufficient by the federation, leading to private negotiations between the three parties.

L’Équipe added that the €2m per season fee for international rights to the Coupe de France will lead the tournament to be worth a record €96m over its next rights cycle.