The French pay-tv service, Canal+ has secured the broadcast rights of the UEFA club competitions for three years. The deal is of reportedly €480 million (US$499 million) starting from the 2024/25 season.
The network currently shares the rights with beIN Sports. Even though beIN has rights to 138 UEFA Champions League matches per season, Canal+ will be able to select 34 matches first-hand, in addition to 16 matches from UEFA Europa League and UEFA Conference League.
The group was very interested in the deal, as they offered 25% more than UEFA is paid for the rights i.e., €375 million (US$390 million) per year. This anticipation can be attributed to the fact that 2024 marks the first season of the Champions League‘s new ‘Swiss-style’ system.
The 2024/25 season will introduce a greater number of teams to the competition, which ensures more group matches and a longer tournament. Also, France will be allowed to send an additional club to the tournament. Accounting for all UEFA club competitions, Canal+ will be able to broadcast 550 matches every season on 60 nights a year.
Maxime Saada, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CANAL+ Group said, “We are very pleased to acquire for three seasons, starting from the 2024/2025 season, the entire UEFA Champions League, the most prestigious European football competition, as well as the entire UEFA Europa League. and the UEFA Europa Conference League. We warmly thank UEFA and its President Aleksander Céferin for their renewed confidence and we salute the tremendous work carried out by this team. It’s a great joy to be able to offer even more matches and entertainment to our subscribers, who largely support the UEFA Champions League and all of European football. They will thus benefit until 2026/2027 from the matches of the biggest French and European clubs, on all their screens thanks to CANAL+.”