As reported by RTL and RMC Sport, streaming giant Amazon Prime Video have made a surprise last minute offer to acquire the majority of the Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 TV rights from 2021-24. This deal is domestic only and does not include international access. The LFP Board of Directors has accepted the conglomerate’s offer.
Amazon’s offer is for 8 Ligue 1 games per gameweek + 8 Ligue 2 matches per gameweek from 2021 to 2024, for which they will pay approximately €300m per year for. This, combined with Canal Plus’ existing 2 top Ligue 1 matches per gameweek (which they are suing the LFP to get out of) of €330m per year, as well as BeIN Sports holding 2 Ligue 2 matches per gameweek, results in a total package of €663m per year.
The LFP Board of Directors rejected a joint proposal from Canal + and BeIN: All of Ligue 1 & Ligue 2 for €595m per year + up to €78m in annual bonuses. This would have resulted in the annulment of Canal + paying €330m a year for just the two 2 show games per gameweek in Ligue 1, as agreed for 2020-24 cycle pre-collapse of Mediapro.
It is not currently clear how much customers will pay for the Amazon offering.