French pay-television broadcasters Canal Plus and Al Jazeera presented their final offers today, January 23, in the tender for the remaining broadcast rights for French Ligue 1. The rights comprise six live matches per week across three packages for four years, from 2012-13 to 2015-16.
According to l’Equipe, the Ligue de Football Professionnel, the French football league, has scaled down expectations from its original target of €90 million ($114 million) per season from the rights.
The league is also expected to announce the winning bid in the tender for coverage of the Coupe de la Ligue, France’s football league cup, this afternoon. Last week it was reported that Canal Plus offered about €15 million per year for the cup’s domestic rights, from 2012-13 to 2015-16. French public-service broadcaster France Télévisions, the incumbent rights-holder, submitted an offer of at least €10.5 million per year.