Official | Ligue 1 ditch Sunday lunchtime slot from next season and expect €800m in broadcasting rights per year

Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) revealed this Tuesday the details of the upcoming call for bids on Ligue 1 broadcasting rights. The package on offer are the rights for the period between 2024 and 2029. The aim would be to obtain more than the €624m per year currently paid out by domestic broadcasters Amazon Prime Video Sport (7 games a week, including the more important fixtures), Canal+ (2 games a week) and Free (who broadcast near-instant highlights). This is a crucial process for French football as it means to bridge the financial gap between Ligue 1 and the other major European leagues.

LFP have presented two lots on offer totalling €800m per year. As reported by RMC Sport, the first lot relates to the broadcasting rights of three games per gameweek, including the Sunday evening premium fixture. The first lot is worth €530m, LFP says. The second lot concerns the six other games, the broadcasting rights of the Trophée des Champions – France’s equivalent of the Community Shield – and those of the last two gameweeks.

LFP Managing Director Benjamin Morel also revealed some tweaks in the scheduling of Ligue 1 games from next season onwards. A Saturday 7pm slot replaces the not very popular among Ligue 1 fans Sunday lunchtime one. Besides, the three 3pm Sunday games will start two hours later. Only one Ligue 1 game will start at 3pm on Sunday. The Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening fixtures are retained. 

GFFN | Bastien Cheval

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