Canal Plus wins French football 1st league rights

10th December 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Dec 10 (AFP) - French clubs reaped a cash bonanza after Canal Plus signed a television rights deal that will see them pay EUR 600 million (USD 793 million) per season for league matches from 2005 to 2008, league official Philippe Piat said on Friday.

PARIS, Dec 10 (AFP) - French clubs reaped a cash bonanza after Canal Plus signed a television rights deal that will see them pay EUR 600 million (USD 793 million) per season for league matches from 2005 to 2008, league official Philippe Piat said on Friday.   

The cable outlet had paid an average of EUR 375 million per season for the three previous seasons.   

It was a victory for Canal Plus who had been hit this year when TPS, the satellite unit of the country's biggest private broadcaster TF1, took over rights to the English Premiership where many French stars play.   

French soccer rights raise nowhere near the sums seen in other European countries such as England, Germany or Italy.  

Sky TV paid EUR 1.5 billion (USD 1.98 billion) for its last three-year deal with the English Premiership to show up to 138 live matches per season for three years beginning with the 2004-2005 campaign.  

Media tycoon Rupert Murdoch's group was forced by Brussels in December to offer the live rights to up to eight Premiership matches a season to rival terrestrial broadcasters. But nothing came of that as BSkyB said none of the bids it received had met the minimum asking price.  

German clubs rake in USD 300 million per year. The situation in Italy is more complex with broadcasters striking deals with individual clubs so clubs like Juventus or AC Milan can count on over EUR 20 million a year.

© AFP

Subject: French News

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