The French Competition Authority rejects a TV broadcaster’s complaint against the national football league’s rewarding of broadcasting rights due to insufficient evidence (Canal Plus / Ligue de Football Professionnel)

Reawarding of the football Ligue 1’s TV rights: The Autorité de la concurrence rejects Canal + Group's complaint against the LFP, for lack of sufficient evidence* Background On 29 January 2021, Canal Plus Group ("GCP") referred practices allegedly implemented by the Ligue de Football Professionnel ("LFP") to the Autorité de la concurrence when the football Ligue 1’s broadcasting rights were put back on the market in January 2021. It reproached the LFP, following the failure of Mediapro, of having committed an abuse of a dominant position by releasing on the market only the rights returned by Mediapro, without including rights corresponding to lot 3 (Saturdays 9 p.m. and Sundays 5 p.m. matches), awarded on 29 May 2018 to beIN Sports, which had subsequently sub-licensed it to GCP. That

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French Competition Authority, The French Competition Authority rejects a TV broadcaster’s complaint against the national football league’s rewarding of broadcasting rights due to insufficient evidence (Canal Plus / Ligue de Football Professionnel), 11 June 2021, e-Competitions July 2021 - II, Art. N° 101546

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