Jaume Roures, the outspoken chief executive of Mediapro, has said that the Spanish broadcast production company and agency is ready to step in and show the end of the 2019-20 French football season, while rounding on Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 rights-holders Canal Plus and beIN Sports.
Following the recent moves by the pay-television duo to halt their payments to France’s Professional Football League (LFP), Roures claimed that Mediapro is ready to expedite its launch in France and show matches when they resume after the Covid-19 lockdown. He also recommitted to Mediapro paying its rights fee payments due next season.
Roures told L’Équipe that Mediapro is “willing to take the place of Canal Plus and beIN if things do not get sorted out”. Mediapro is, according to Roures, “ready to broadcast the end of the 2019-20 season even if it is played in June or July”.
Mediapro is launching subscription channels in France on the back of its €780m ($852m) contract for eight Ligue 1 rights packages from 2020-21 to 2023-24. Rights to Ligue 2 have also been secured over the same period after Mediapro and beIN emerged victories in an auction process that delivered €64m per season in rights fees.
Mediapro said in February that its new pay-television service would go live on July 25 to tie in with the start of the Ligue 2 season.