BeIN Sports secures global rights for Ligue 1 football
| 04 June 2014
Al Jazeera owned pay-TV network BeIN Sports has renewed its partnership with the LFP for the international media rights to Ligue 1 until 2024.
The deal, which covers coverage of six seasons of French football's premier league from 2018-2019 until 2023-2024, will cost the Qatar-based broadcaster a guaranteed annual fee of €80 million – up from the €32.5 million it currently pays the LFP each year. Any revenues generated above this amount will be split equally between the league and BeIN Sports.
The money will "give clubs security and visibility in their financial plan", according to LFP president Frédéric Thiriez, who added that the raised profile of Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco had helped cement the deal.
In April, the domestic broadcasting rights to Ligue 1 from 2016-20 deals were sold to Canal + and BeIN Sport for a total of €726.5 million. In addition, €22 million was secured by the LFP for second-tier Ligue 2 rights