The conflict over the television rights of Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 between Mediapro and the French LFP enters a new stage. With the production company looking for a “reasonable solution.”
Mediapro failed to comply with the second payment of the audiovisual rights of the French leagues, initiating hostilities with the governing body of the competitions. According to L’Équipe, it is about the payment of 172 million euros, the non-payment of which has forced the League to seek a loan to prevent clubs football shirts 2020-2021 china from not receiving payment in a context of generalized crisis.
Jaume Roures, head of Mediapro, has decided to hold a public appearance to clarify the situation. And to reiterate its commitment to French football despite the voices that advocate a break.
Commitment adapted to changing circumstances
“The contract was made to last, we have that will,” says Roures. While putting the situation in its proper context. “No one could predict the economic effects of the coronavirus. This has forced us to see how we can adapt to this situation, without questioning the commitment we agreed to in April 2018. All the noise that the conflict has generated does not help anyone. For the issue of subscribers it has been the worst. We trust the process of conciliating with the public, ”he declares.
In addition, he points out that: “We have gained a large number of subscribers in recent years. The offer is not comparable to the rest of the leagues. Paying 780 million for 80% of Ligue 1 was a fair price for us. The Chinese have entered our company and our capital. Our project is for four years. We will keep it. We knew it wasn’t going to be profitable the first year and we knew we weren’t going to have millions of subscribers the first year. “
The truth is that the situation is not developing as expected. At the moment, Canale Téléfoot, whose goal at launch was to reach 3.5 million subscribers, has only 600,000 subscribers. Although “it is a project that we maintain, we believe in it. We knew that it would not be profitable from the first season, “he details. “Mediapro is going to continue giving football and today we will give the Champions and the Europa League,” he says.
In search of solutions
The case is now in the hands of the Nanterre Commercial Court, with which Mediapro has initiated a mediation procedure. “We are very confident in the conciliation process. I think we have all the resources to find reasonable solutions ”, explains Roures.
Although Mediapro does not close doors. And it opens to the signing of a distribution agreement with Canal +, as has already been reached with other operators: “We want to reach an agreement with them as well,” Roures sentence.