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The reluctance of French pay-television platforms to pay a minimum guarantee to carry Mediapro’s new Téléfoot channel has become a huge obstacle to the Spanish agency’s prospects for finalising distribution deals before the start of the new domestic football season.

ESPN has paid a premium to secure Serie A and Ligue 1 rights in Latin America and the Caribbean, boosting its European football portfolio after missing out on the English Premier League

The increase of 190 per cent in the value of the rights to France’s second football division, Ligue 2, was unusual in that it was not driven by direct competition between players in the market.

DAZN will pay $30m per year for the Copa Sudamericana in Brazil Streaming service to pay about $10m per season for Serie A; $5m per season for Ligue 1

Dutch telco Ziggo has bolstered its portfolio of European football rights, picking up Italian Serie A and English FA Cup rights in relatively low-cost deals.

The Mediapro agency and production group is thought to have proposed a reduction of close to 25 per cent in its broadcast rights fee for the 2020-21 French league season as its stand-off with France’s P…

Canal Plus president Maxime Saada has said he is “very worried for French football” as a result of the ongoing dispute between Mediapro, the rights agency and production group, and the Professional Foo…

Jaume Roures, chief executive of Mediapro today (Wednesday) maintained that the agency and production group is committed to its French football pay-television service Téléfoot but doubts persist over i…

The dispute between France’s Professional Football League (LFP) and its domestic broadcast rights-holder Mediapro, the agency and production group, has intensified after the league body referred its c…

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Ukrainian video-on-demand service Megogo last week sealed deals for Spanish LaLiga and France’s Ligue 1, confirming its intent to compete in the country’s sports-rights market.

The value of French Ligue 1 rights in Greece and Cyprus is set for a small increase in a renewed deal with pay-television broadcaster Nova.

Telco Cyta has secured Italian Serie A rights in Cyprus after completing a deal with IMG, TV Sports Markets understands.

Interview with Didier Quillot, chief executive of the Ligue de Football Professionnel, about the league’s new domestic media-rights deals for Ligue 1, from 2020-21 to 2023-24.

The MP & Silva agency is close to a deal to acquire French football league rights across Europe, TV Sports Markets understands.

BeIN Media Group has recouped just under 44 per cent of its total fee for Ligue 1 international rights from sublicensing deals in sub-Saharan Africa this month.

BeIN Media Group will launch tenders for French Ligue 1 media rights in Brazil and Latin America next week, TV Sports Markets understands.

The French football league last month agreed deals for beIN Sports and Canal Plus to show its matches in public places, increasing fees by 15 per cent.

Canal Plus’s recent loss of English Premier League rights in France helped the value of Coupe de la Ligue media rights increase by 119 per cent last month.

The Perform Group has acquired betting rights to Spain’s LaLiga and France’s Ligue 1 in recent weeks, affirming its position as the leading supplier of streaming rights to bookmakers.

Football rights fees across sub-Saharan Africa continued their rapid growth this month, with big increases paid for three of Europe’s major football leagues.

Greek pay-television broadcaster Nova picked up rights to France’s Ligue 1 earlier this month in an attempt to retain subscribers after losing Uefa Champions League and Europa League rights to rival OTE.

The Spanish football league outlined plans to launch its own channel in 2016 at a panel discussion chaired by TV Sports Markets this month at Sportel in Monaco.

France’s top football league, Ligue 1, has become the third major rights-holder in just over a month to renew a long-term media-rights deal many years in advance without an open tender.

Leading figures from the French football and media industries voiced strong and colourful opinions on last week's Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 domestic media rights deals to local media

The LFP believes the outcome of last week’s auction for the media rights to Ligue 1 was a moderate success, and that it could not have done much better given market conditions

Last Friday’s French football league rights auction put a large hole in the theory that Al Jazeera-owned pay-television broadcaster beIN Sports is an unstoppable force bent on dominating the local market

If there is a common thread running through our stories this issue it is change. It is a process that all sports go through, usually to secure increased media exposure and revenue, and occasionally due to power struggles about how that revenue is divided.