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French Rugby League open tender for TV

April 18, 2016

By Chris Forrester

France’s Rugby League (LNR) is today launching its tender offer for TV rights for its 2019-2023 seasons, and covering its ‘Top 14’ clubs.

The League is launching the tender well in advance of its normal renewal pattern saying it wants to improve visibility over a longer-term strategic plan, which it plans on discussing and agreeing in July.

The current rights are in the hands of Canal Plus which holds them through 2019 having paid €72 million annually for the coverage rights.

One complication is the on-going cooperation between Canal+ and BeIN Sports which might well limit the amount of cash on the table, as well as how favourably – or otherwise – France’s competition regulators would look upon any ‘monopoly’ should there be limited bidders for the games.

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