The French Competition Authority orders interim measures against a TV company on the exclusive rights for the broadcasting of Top 14 matches market (Canal Plus / beIN Sports)

Broadcasting rights for the French Rugby 1st Division Championship* Following a referral by beIN Sports, the Autorité de la concurrence suspends the agreement concluded between the French Rugby national League and Group Canal Plus which awarded the latter exclusive rights for the broadcasting of Top 14 matches during five seasons. To avoid disturbing the championship which is about to begin, the suspension will be effective at the end of the 2014/2015 broadcasts. A new call for tenders for awarding broadcasting rights for the following seasons must be organized by 31 January 2015 at the latest. Following a complaint with request for urgent interim measures filed by beIN Sports, the Autorité has ordered the French Rugby national League and Canal Plus (Société d'Edition de Canal + et

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French Competition Authority, The French Competition Authority orders interim measures against a TV company on the exclusive rights for the broadcasting of Top 14 matches market (Canal Plus / beIN Sports), 30 July 2014, e-Competitions Bulletin July 2014, Art. N° 68895

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