Jean-Michel Aulas begged Canal + not to take offense at the situation of TV rights in Ligue 1.
In a few days, the Professional Football League will unveil the programming of the 1st day of Ligue 1. And by then, BeInSports and Canal + will have to officially take a stand in the very complicated issue of TV rights. A few weeks before the resumption, we still do not know who will broadcast the two matches that BeInSports had retroceded to Canal. And for Jean-Michel Aulas, the time is for appeasement for the good of French football.
“After Mediapro, the LFP makes the same mistake”
“We have no withdrawal on either the Canal side or the beIN side. The solutions are there. I think there will be no frontal fracture. It wouldn’t help anyone (…) I know that sometimes what I said has been misinterpreted when French football has achieved a lot with others. It was not against Canal at all. I am part of the generation that knew Canal from the start. And I worked a long time ago with Vincent Bolloré in committees at the Ministry of Industry. There is immense respect and I hope that we will find the means to continue the adventure with the two (Amazon and Canal +) “, Reconciled the President of Lyon, eager to spare the goat and the cabbage in this thorny issue.
As a reminder, the Canal + group took very badly the fact that the League attributes to Amazon 80% of the TV rights of Ligue 1 and Ligue 2: “After the failure of the choice of Mediapro in 2018, Canal + regrets the decision of the Professional Football League (LFP) to retain Amazon’s proposal to the detriment of that of its historical partners Canal + and beIN Sports. Canal + will therefore not broadcast Ligue 1 (…) After the Mediapro chimera, the LFP and the club presidents are therefore reproducing the same error as in 2018 ”, thundered the encrypted channel in a press release.