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BeIN & Canal+ file complaint against LFP for distorting TV rights market by engaging with Amazon

BeIn Sports has accused the LFP of abusing it’s market power and filed a complaint with the European Commission over Amazon Prime Video’s deal to show 80% of Ligue 1 this season, according to MLex.

Central to BeIn’s claim is that their two-game a week share will cost €330m a year compared to the €250m Amazon are paying for the other eight matches every game matchday over each coming season. That’s less than a third of the €814m per season fee for the same 80% share originally agreed with Mediapro last year, a deal which collapsed humiliatingly last season. Canal+, who sub-licence the rights from BeIn, are supporting the complaint.

BeIn had wanted to secure the full broadcast rights for the coming season but the LFP decided to stick with their two slot system, locking BeIn Sports into the higher per game price, even though BeIn and Canal had matched Amazon’s 250m bid for the remaining games.

Canal has refused to play it’s licencing fee, citing the higher price, and is subject to an ongoing lawsuit by the LP and BeIn Sports. The complaint to the EU regulator poses questions about the fairness under competition law of continuing contracts when the underlying value of those contracts sees such a sharp decline.

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