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Discussion in 'General Worldwide Football Discussion' started by Super_horns, Apr 28, 2020.

  1. Philip The Frog

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    More or less but the league have always played hard to get with them so they're getting a bit tired of going after PSG games that they're aren't able to broadcast in France (whereas they've been broadcasting them in more important areas in the world namely MENA). Since arriving on the market, BeIn has only very rarely had the rights for a PSG/OM for instance so it's wait and see.
    For Ligue 2 it's different. BeIn have had the rights for ages, have the right personel to broadcast the games (commentators, pundits, etc.), it's cheaper and the competition is non-existant.

    6 weeks till the start of the season. Clock is ticking...
     
  2. Footie Forr

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    Utterly delusional and wishful thinking. I read $27 per month streaming fee in USA. Nobody but the most diehard French footie fan! I mean, for Serie A it’s $6 per month via Paramount+ and you get all its other services. For $9 per month you get Bundesliga and La Liga (& a few Eredivisie and Jupiler league matches) via ESPN+ plus all its other goodies. To pay $27 a month for Ligue 1…feggedaboudit…

    Have the Powers That Be been discussing any down-the-road plan to consider any “Super League Lite” with the top clubs (and largest cities) from, say, France, Belgium, and Netherlands creating such entity?

    The “Big Four” could draw lessons from such enterprise to determine if any future changes might be advisable within the Major Arteries of Euro Football?
     
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    Surprised Bordeaux aren't on this list, FSG are trying to acquire them, thought they may be financially weak like LFC were when they took over. Pretty soon it's gonna be PSG vs a load of Europe's feeder clubs. Strasbourg have already been chewed up by Chelsea. Sad times.
     
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    Very sad times. The demise of top-level football is really coming to a head in recent times. The money and greed is killing the game and total reform is needed (I sound like a UK politician!).

    In hindsight, perhaps the Super League wasn’t a bad thing after all.
     
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    Apparently Bordeaux have been provisionally relegated to Ligue 3 for financial reasons... FSG are promising to take over as majority shareholders and provide funding to save that that from happening. So they'll be buying in at a bargain price no doubt, makes sense now. Thought they'd likely be a sitting duck for acquisition. One more French club in financial trouble.
     
  6. Footie Forr

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    One could say much the same for the top North American leagues, but at least we have either salary caps (gridiron football, basketball, ice hockey) or revenue sharing (baseball).

    And at least here, we are in essence “Super League” in that only large cities are in the top league. (Minor leagues are the place for squads from, say, Bakersfield CA or Topeka KS or Harrisburg PA.). But in Euro football, you have the equivalent of, say, the New York Yankees playing in a league with the Gary (Indiana) Southshore Railcats!

    This “market value” chart for Ligue 1 could be done for the other big leagues too, and it will become more accurate as clubs fill out their rosters for the coming season…

    …but it does beg the question of why they are all in the same league? What chance do Montpellier or Strasbourg have? (Ditto Italy, how can Udinese or Parma or Venezia truly compete with such wealth disparity in Serie A?)

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  7. Philip The Frog

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    I saw that as an opportunity for big clubs to stop giving money to UEFA and share the wealth between themselves. Reckon Perez & co will come back with a similar project in the near future and this time it will pass. Big clubs will play every week instead of once a year and novelty will utimately wear off. I don't mind, it will leave us non-armchair fans with games to go to at a reasonable price!

    Bordeaux have been in financial trouble for 15 years and have changed shareholders on countless occasions. FSG buying them saves them from N1/L3 but doubt it will solve all their problems. The club is in complete disarray and needs promotion back to the top flight asap to start fresh.
     
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    News of the crisis is making a few headlines over here. Yesterday, The Athletic (now the sports section of the New York Times) penned an article titled:

    ‘We must hope for a miracle’: How a failed TV deal has put France’s Ligue 1 in crisis mode”

    Amongst its more interesting tidbits -

    Senior figure of a major broadcaster speaking anonymously: “It’s a national scandal. It’s huge, huge news for the industry. An incoming shipwreck that is just about to hit the rocks and people don’t seem to realise what’s happening.”

    Such fun. Here’s another:

    President of Le Havre AC: “We are sure of nothing. We must hope for a miracle.”

    It continues with the history of the league (LFP) pissing Canal+ off in 2018, and that now, neither they nor BeIN nor Amazon plan to make offers. DAZN still might. (I don’t think any of this is news for French readers.)

    It clarified what I read elsewhere a few days ago: the potential LFP direct-to-consumer deal would include the HBO offerings. I take it that means for France. I get the newly rebranded “Max” here in USA (HBO, Cinemax, Discovery Channel, sports from Turner Broadcasting), but the article did not say whether Ligue 1 would get added to that mix.

    The article ends with some quotes from a couple of Ligue 1 club executives, to the gist of “things are really bad.”



     
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    DAZN & BeIn should team up to offer the league 500M€. Something like that. Labrune (LFP president) must have had a gun to his head to say yes. Where are the corsican clubs when you need them?
     
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    Unless DAZN hugely lower their USA streaming fees, I’ll be reduced to the one weekly match on BeIN Sports. (But as long as BeIN continue to provide the weekly Ligue 1 highlight show, I’m OK with that.)
     

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