BeIN followed the same path as Canal +. The sports channel, in turn, announced to suspend the payment of TV rights for Ligue 1 and Ligue 2. The reason? The interruption of competitions due to coronavirus, indicates a letter to the Professional Football League consulted Wednesday by AFP.
It is also one of the consequences of Covid-19, television rights in the middle of the great sports vacuum. After Canal +, BEIN in turn suspended the payment of the TV rights of the League 1 and Ligue 2 due to the interruption of competitions due to coronavirus, according to a letter to the Professional football league consulted Wednesday by AFP. “Our group has taken the decision to suspend the next payments provided for in our agreement, until the leagues 1 and 2 championships can resume according to a schedule allowing their normal distribution to our subscribers”, indicates in this letter Yousef Al-Obaidly, the boss of the group.
The Qatari group was to honor a payment of 42 million euros on Sunday, April 5. The League, asked Wednesday evening by AFP, said it “confirms BeIN's mail” but don't “no further comments” at this stage. BeIN explained take “mainly in consideration of the total absence of real visibility on the actual resumption of matches in the current season, which has just been aggravated by the decision to maintain confinement for an additional fifteen days”. Yousef Al-Obaidly told the LFP that he was at his disposal “to discuss this context together” and “protective measures put in place by the League for the continuation of the current championship and the resumption of the next season”.
“We are in the middle of a force majeure”
Canal + had launched the first offensive by informing the Professional Football League (LFP) that it would not honor the next payment of the TV rights of the season. “In the event of force majeure, when the matches are no longer delivered, payments are suspended. Here we are in the event of force majeure”, explained the management of the encrypted channel to AFP on Monday. “We strictly apply the contract and we do not see why we would do otherwise: Canal + is not a bank.”
A period of uncertainty is therefore opening up for French football and its funding, especially as another payment is expected for early June from Canal + and beIN. The LFP had insisted for its part on the fact that Canal + had so far settled only two-thirds of the total amount of the contract while nearly three-quarters of the matches have already been delivered, a difference of 43 million euros. .