Max Sport, the pay-television broadcaster, and streaming platform Zapping Sports have acquired rights to the Coupe de France knockout soccer competition in Bulgaria and Chile, respectively.
The agreements have been struck with the French Football Federation (FFF) governing body ahead of the round of 62 tomorrow (January 6).
Max Sport, owned by A1 Bulgaria, has signed a four-year deal running from 2022-23 to 2025-26.
With clubs from France’s top-flight Ligue 1 entering the Coupe de France at the round-of-62 stage, the Bulgarian broadcaster’s coverage will begin with domestic giants Paris Saint-Germain’s match against third-tier outfit Châteauroux.
The match will be shown on the Max Sport 3 channel.
Zapping, the new sports-dedicated platform in Chile, will hold exclusive rights for this season and also begin its coverage tomorrow.
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The streaming platform will provide “extensive and significant” coverage of most of the matches in the competition.
As a new service, Zapping is seeking to make its mark in Chile by acquiring sports rights this year and recently snapped up the World Padel Tour.
The Coupe de France adds to Max Sport’s vast portfolio of soccer properties that includes Europe’s UEFA Champions League, Europa League, and Europa Conference League club competitions, Spain’s LaLiga, Italy’s Serie A, the Dutch Eredivisie, Turkish Cup, North America’s MLS, and South America’s Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana.
Yesterday (January 4), BeIN Sports, the international pay-television giant, retained rights to the Coupe de France in 24 countries across the Middle East & North Africa (MENA), Australia, New Zealand, Turkey, Canada, and Hong Kong.
This added to BeIN’s deal last month (December) to show the tournament domestically in France, along with public service broadcaster France Télévisions.
In the US, national network Fox Sports has secured the rights, replacing BeIN.
The FFF opted for the 2022-26 cycle to separate out the domestic and international rights, the latter of which were put out to tender last March.
Meanwhile, Romanian pay-television broadcaster Orange Sport has secured domestic rights to the English Premier League, German Bundesliga, and Ligue 1.
The network began its coverage with Premier League matches from December 30 and will add Bundesliga and Ligue 1 matches from this month.
The three leagues are also shown in Romania by rival Digi Sport on a non-exclusive basis.
Digi’s deals with the Premier League and Bundesliga run until 2024-25, while its rights for Ligue 1 run through the 2023-24 campaign.
Orange Sport was previously known as Telekom Sport but rebranded after the company‘s acquisition of Telekom Romania in March 2022.
Orange’s sports rights are controlled by Romanian media group Clever under a five-year production deal inherited from Telekom.
Digi sublicenses rights to the top-tier English, German, and French leagues to Clever, which it shows on its own pay-TV sports platform, Prima Sport.
The addition of the three major European leagues further bolsters Orange’s soccer offering in Romania as it also holds rights to the Champions League, Serie A, and LaLiga, as well as the domestic Romanian Liga I.
The four competitions are also shown in the country by Digi and Prima.
Orange broadcasts games on Orange Sport 1, 2, 3, and 4 and provides additional content on its digital platforms.