Ligue 1

Amazon to Take Over Ligue 1 Broadcasting Rights

Mudeet Arora
Amazon Prime video to take over Ligue 1 coverage
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Logistics giant Amazon has already provided details of its planned coverage for the broadcast of Ligue 1 in France and around Europe.

Amazon will reportedly be paying €250 million per season for 80% of available matches, much to the extreme disappointment of rivals Canal+, who had agreed to pay an eye-watering €332 million for the remaining 20%.

Amazon Prime members across Europe will be paying €12.99 a month for the Le Pass Ligue 1 channel, which will broadcast over 300 matches per month.

French legend and World Cup winner Thierry Henry will be on the expert panel for the coverage.

The amazing part about this coverage is fans who will be streaming games will have an option of not listening to the commentary and just enjoy the ambient sound of fans from stadiums.

Fans in India will have to wait to find out if matches will be broadcast on TV in the country. As of now, Ligue 1 does not have any broadcast partners for India, as revealed on their official website.

But, this could change as India is one of Amazon's biggest market for PrimeVideo.

“We are delighted to have built this exceptional team of French football consultants and experts,” said Alex Green, Prime Video Sport’s Managing Director for Europe, quoted by Times of India. “Each week they will be the faces of our Ligue 1 broadcast on Prime Video and will bring all their expertise and passion for the game to subscribers. This is just the beginning for us and we will be looking to innovate throughout the season, with the main aim of satisfying football fans.”

DAZN and Discovery channel too put in offers to gain the broadcast rights but LFP accepted Amazon's offer.

This comes after Ligue 1's record 780 million euro contract with Mediapro broke down after payment issues.

beIN Sports did not show any interest in gaining these rights.

For now, LFP does not even know if they will have a broadcast partner for the Ligue 1 matches this weekend when Marseille take on PSG.