The status quo is extended: forced by justice to honor its part of the contract this summer, the encrypted channel failed on appeal on Thursday and will have to continue broadcasting two Championship matches per day at a price of 332 million euros per season, an amount that it considers overstated.

It is a success for beIN Sports, but also for the Professional Football League (LFP), systematically confirmed by the courts in recent months in this interminable conflict which opposes it to its historical broadcasters, Canal and beIN.

By choosing to entrust the majority of matches to a new entrant, Amazon, to the detriment of the encrypted channel last June, the LFP had nevertheless exposed itself to the resentment of the Vivendi subsidiary, which has multiplied its appeals, without success so far. .

Canal+ considers itself "unable to value its rights" against Amazon, which only pays 250 M EUR per year for 80% of the matches including the ten best posters, against 332 M annually for its competitor, holder of 20% meetings.

Thursday's decision concerns one of the few parts of the case where beIN and Canal oppose each other, as they walk hand in hand in numerous parallel proceedings brought against the LFP.

Canal+ considered itself entitled to terminate the sub-licence agreement which binds it to the Qatari broadcaster, initial winner of the call for tenders for the 2020-24 cycle.

After having promised 332 M EUR annually for 20% of L1, beIN had resold these rights at the same price to Canal, via this sub-licence.

But the Court of Appeal considered that there "exist (is) a doubt on the irreparable or irremediable nature of the breach alleged by Canal +" to its co-contractor, going in the same direction as the judge in chambers of the commercial court de Nanterre, in its decision of 5 August.

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