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No football deal for Canal Plus

January 15, 2008

France’s State Council has rejected an attempt by pay-TV group Canal Plus to scrap a controversial condition set by the country’s professional football league in a tender for football rights. Canal Plus challenged the League’s right to exclusively produce the images that broadcasters transmit over the next four seasons,.

France’s highest court ruled that the matter did not come under its jurisdiction. The League said the court ruling put an end to “the first step of a legal marathon decided by Canal Plus alone, with the sole purpose of preventing or delaying as much as possible the regular tender process for the football rights.”

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