Amazon snaps up majority of rights for France’s Ligue 1

Amazon Prime Video has bought the majority of broadcasting rights for France’s Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 for the coming three seasons to 2024, the league (LFP) said on Friday.

But the overall deal, worth a reported 660 million euros (799 million dollars) per year, is a shortfall from the 830 million euros former LFP partner Mediapro was expected to pay.

Amazon will show eight top-flight games a week but broadcaster Canal+, which has rights to the other two matches, says it will back out of its deal.

This is in protest at the LFP electing to partner with Amazon.

The Spanish firm Mediapro was stripped of broadcasting rights one year into a four-year contract from 2020 for not paying money owed the LFP.