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French football league reportedly considering its own TV channel

LFP said to be considering its own TV channel to broadcast 80 per cent of matches

The French football league is reportedly considering launching its own TV channel to broadcast Ligue 1 matches from the start of next season.

The league has been hit by broadcaster issues throughout the current season, with original rights holder Telefoot shutting down after parent company Mediapro refused to pay for its broadcast rights due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The rights then moved to Canal Plus for the remainder of the season. However, the broadcaster has said it doesn’t wish to carry on broadcasting all matches due to low audience figures.

According to L’Equipe, the LFP is now considering launching its own channel that would broadcast 80 per cent of matches, and selling the rights to two matches each weekend to Canal Plus.

The report says the league has also been in touch with beIN and DAZN as possible alternatives.