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Pay-television broadcaster Canal Plus is facing a big loss on international rights to the French Top 14 rugby union competition following difficulties securing distribution in key markets.

Public broadcaster France Télévisions renewed its free-to-air rights to the final of the country’s Top 14 rugby union club competition for the 2019-23 cycle at around the same level as its previous deal, SportBusiness Media understands.

The Ligue Nationale de Rugby’s desire for greater revenues drove the shift to a minimum guarantee from a pure revenue share in its renewal of the Top 14 international rights distribution contract with Canal Plus.

With a new round of international broadcast deals in place from the 2015-16 season of French rugby’s Top 14, rights distributor Canal Plus has increased the value of the rights 10-fold in the last six seasons.

The French second-tier rugby union league, the Pro D2, took advantage of strong competition for its rights to secure a massive fee increase in new deals agreed last week.

The final of rugby union’s Top 14 will continue to receive free-to-air coverage on France Télévisions after the public broadcaster struck a new rights agreement with the Ligue Nationale de Rugby, operator of …

France’s Ligue Nationale de Rugby (LNR) has awarded pay-television broadcaster Canal Plus exclusive domestic rights to the second-tier Pro D2 competition.

French pay-television broadcaster Canal Plus has added international rights to its domestic coverage of the Top 14 after agreeing a new deal with the Ligue Nationale de Rugby, operator of the country’s t…

Pan-regional broadcaster Eurosport has acquired exclusive international media rights to the Pro D2, the second division of French club rugby union.


The domestic media rights value of French rugby union’s Top 14 final increased strongly in new deals agreed last week.

Canal Plus and Eurosport are battling it out over the pay-television rights to French rugby union’s Pro D2, with the existing rights fee set to treble.

The Ligue Nationale de Rugby last week secured an increase of 4.2 per cent in the value of the media rights of the top-tier domestic league, the Top 14, despite limited competition.

Interview with Emmanuel Eschalier, chief executive officer at the Ligue Nationale de Rugby, on the league’s new Top 14 domestic deal with pay-television broadcaster Canal Plus.

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