Al-Jazeera buys share of French league TV rights

Last Updated: Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 23:02

Paris: Qatar-based broadcaster Al-Jazeera
bought a share of the domestic TV rights for topflight games
from 2012 to 2016 today after having previously secured the
international rights.

France`s football league said that Al-Jazeera will
broadcast two games per round, on Fridays and Sundays. Current
right holders Canal Plus will keep the Sunday night game and
broadcast a match on Saturdays.

The league that Al-Jazeera and Canal Plus agreed to
pay a total of USD 725 million per season, describing that as
"a very satisfying result comforting our strategy despite the
lack of competition on the French market."

The league has yet to sell the mobile and pay-per-view
rights. "After having obtained a few weeks ago the League 1
international broadcasting rights, we are now very happy to be
part of the growth of the French football," said Nasser
Al-Khelaifi, director of Al-Jazeera Sport.

"Ligue 1 is a fascinating championship and we are
happy to be able to offer football fans the football they

Al-Khelaifi will also be the next president of Paris
Saint-Germain after Qatar Sports Investments recently acquired
a 70 per cent stake in the club.


First Published: Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 23:02

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