According to L’Équipe, Mediapro has not paid the €172-million, which it should have paid as payment for television rights of Ligue 1 and Ligue 2.
The media company did a public interview with the head of the group Jaume Roures announced that he wants to renegotiate the television contract with the Ligue de Football Professionnel due to the coronavirus pandemic affecting their revenue.
“We want to discuss the contract again this season. She is very affected by COVID-19. Everyone knows it because everyone is suffering. We are not calling into question the project as such. But bars and restaurants are closed, advertising has collapsed … These are things that everyone knows,” Roures said.
“We don’t have a concrete amount. We want to renegotiate the price. We have asked to establish a timetable to complete this negotiation which will not be public. The League itself asked the government to compensate for its losses because of the COVID. We are in this dynamic.”
Although Mediapro is hoping to renegotiate, the LFP disagrees with them and wants to stick to the contract they originally agreed. So they do not intend to have a negotiation that, according to Roures, promises will go well.
If it does not reassess its decision and its commitment, the broadcaster, which launched the Téléfoot channel in the summer, hopes to obtain a better price from the governing body of French professional football. The discussions promise to be a long one.
This situation with television money not being paid on time, potentially having to renegotiate or lowering the price for Ligue 1 rights, is problematic for clubs whose income depends heavily on television rights.
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