Canal + still humiliates Ligue 1

After having done everything to get rid of its lot for Ligue 1, Canal + has decided to relegate the Saturday night match to Canal + Décalé.

Decidedly, this lot 3, which Canal + had paid at a high price during the previous call for tenders, is not at all suitable for the Vivendi group channel. Rather than promoting it, Canal + has decided to relegate its product to a secondary channel.

Thus, it is now on Canal + Sport Week-end, the other name of the Canal + Décalé channel, that the Saturday 9 p.m. match will be broadcast. That of Sunday 5 p.m. will remain on Canal + Sport. The matches will be accessible to all Canal + subscribers, that is not the problem, but this change of program will cause some confusion, and automatically offer less visibility to the French championship.

Clearly, Canal + has chosen to put rugby forward, by reserving its main antenna for the Top 14, on Saturday evening and Sunday evening. The channel puts its other sports ahead of Ligue 1, such as Formula 1 or Motorcycles, whose rights have been extended. The Premier League will also have better exposure than Ligue 1.

It is the small revenge of Canal +, whose goal is to offer the best posters to its subscribers (which is not the case this year for Ligue 1), and which was very attached to its Sunday evening niche. Vincent Bolloré’s channel is not giving up football, far from it, since it highlighted in its back-to-school press conference its device for the Champions League. Where, this time, Canal + will have posters of its choice on Tuesday evening and Wednesday evening.

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