Ligue 2 clubs to share €25m windfall from bumper French TV deals
Clubs in French soccer's Ligue 2 look set to split an additional €25 million ($27.4 million) in broadcast rights revenue from the 2020-21 season.
The money would be in addition to the €110 million presently shared between Ligue 2 teams, and has been proposed by top-flight Ligue 1 clubs ahead of bumper TV contracts coming in.
Representatives between the two leagues have until 20 June to agree on terms for the funding plan.
Earlier this week, 19 of 20 Ligue 1 clubs agreed to split the difference between the present domestic rights deal and the new agreement, some €444.5 million, evenly.
Mediapro, the Spanish media rights and production, pay-TV's BeIN Sports and telecoms group Free will hold Ligue 1 rights for the 2020-21 to 2023-24 cycle in deals worth €1.2 billion per season.
That represents a 59-per-cent uplift on the current annual €726.5 million outlay of Canal Plus and BeIN.
Mediapro and BeIN will also hold Ligue 2 rights in a four-year deal worth €64 million per season, nearly three times the annual figure of €22 million committed at present by BeIN and Canal Plus.
The equal distribution deal was reached after it was confirmed that the nine clubs deemed to have a leading status in European soccer - Paris Saint-Germain, Olympique Lyonnais, Olympique de Marseille, Saint-Étienne, AS Monaco, Girondins de Bordeaux, Stade Rennais, Lille and OGC Nice - would get sole access to the international TV pot.
International rights to Ligue 1 are held by BeIN Sports, the international pay-TV broadcaster, in a six-year deal to 2023-24 worth around €80 million per season.
A number of clubs are pressuring the LFP to renegotiate that deal, claiming it is undervalued.
Orléans and Le Mans have been spared relegation to the third-tier National but Pau and Dunkerque will be promoted to the second division.
Promotion and relegation between Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 has been maintained.
The French soccer season ended after prime minister Edouard Philippe banned professional sport in the country until 1 September because of the health emergency.