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Amazon Snaps Up French Soccer Rights, Prompting Canal Plus Pull Out in Protest

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Nick Vivarelli International CorrespondentAmazon has snapped up the bulk of French soccer rights for the league’s two top divisions for 2021-24, prompting pandemonium with French pay TV group Canal Plus backing out of its deal for a smaller package of League 1 matches in protest.Canal Plus backing out is a big deal because the paybox is believed to have accounted for an estimated €330 million ($400 million), according to French media reports, or roughly half what the league ended up making in total for the TV rights’ package, even though the paybox was getting less rights than Amazon in return.“This decision, taken unanimously by the board of directors minus one abstention, will allow French football to benefit from the arrival of a new.

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