Téléfoot disparait au profit de Canal+ et BeIN Sports

Mediapro: the Téléfoot channel will disappear, Canal + and beIN Sports are back in force

And what had to happen happened. The Téléfoot channel of the Mediapro group will stop broadcasting Ligue 1 and Ligue 2. This is the epilogue of the conflict between the Sino-Spanish group and the LFP for several months. The disappearance of the channel is recorded and it is Canal + and beIN Sports who are rubbing their hands.

Téléfoot disappears in favor of Canal + and BeIN Sports

For several weeks now the LFP and Mediapro (Téléfoot) have been at the heart of a conflict over the TV rights of Ligue 1 and Ligue 2. The Sino-Spanish group refuses to pay its October and December installments, plunging several clubs and the Professional Football League into an unprecedented crisis. The LFP and Mediapro have chosen to settle this dispute amicably.

The governing body of French football had two options: launch a legal battle against Mediapro or withdraw its TV rights to restart the auctions. Mediapro was moreover open to this possibility provided that the LFP waives part of the unpaid bills. An agreement was finally reached by both parties, announces the Team.

Téléfoot bows out in favor of Canal + and beIN Sports

Several meetings have taken place in recent hours between the LFP and Mediapro, under the control of a conciliator appointed by the Commercial Court of Nanterre. At the end of the negotiations, Téléfoot called a meeting in these premises on the morning of Friday, December 11, 2020. Its managing director Julien Bergeaud announced to employees that the channel was going to close.

So this is the decision taken by both parties. We do not yet know the contours of the agreement. The emerging scenario is a return of TV rights to Canal + and beIN Sport. We should therefore return to a traditional configuration in the coming days. It remains to be seen on what date Téléfoot will stop broadcasting Ligue 1 and how the rights will be dispatched again.

Mediapro created a surprise in 2018 by winning the auction for the allocation of TV rights to Ligue 1. For the first time since 1984, Canal + emerged empty-handed from the auction. Before buying part of the rights from beIN Sports. It had been whispered for several months that negotiations were underway between Mediapro and Canal + to co-broadcast most of the matches in Ligue 1.

But the group of Vincent Bolloré probably sensed that Téléfoot was not going to last long. Better to wait calmly until the inevitable happened. And that is indeed what happened. To the delight of Canal and beIN Sports subscribers. Or at least what’s left of it.