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French league remains without coverage in Belgium

The French football league is still without a media-rights deal in Belgium after two match-weeks of the 2018-19 season.

French news website MediaSportif reported that negotiations over a deal from 2018-19 onward are ongoing with pay-television broadcaster Eleven Sports, which held rights in the 2015-16 to 2017-18 cycle.

Eleven is considered the likeliest buyer of the French league rights given it has deals for most other top European football leagues. In January, Eleven renewed rights to Spain’s LaLiga in Belgium for three seasons, from 2018-19 to 2020-21. In February, the broadcaster acquired rights to both Italy’s Serie A and Germany’s Bundesliga over the same three seasons in a package deal with the IMG agency.

Any deal for French league rights would cover all Ligue de Football Professionnel competitions: the top-tier Ligue 1, the second-tier Ligue 2, the Coupe de la Ligue and the Trophée des Champions. These rights are distributed internationally by beIN Media Group, from 2018-19 to 2023-24.