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Canal+ acquires French Champions League rights

Canal+ will pay €480M ($499M) per season for the French rights to the Champions League from '24-27. The French broadcaster has acquired a package of rights that also includes the UEFA Europa League and Conference League, but will not be able to carry the Champions League final, as it is a "protected event" in France that must air on free-TV. The French Champions League rights had until now belonged to RMC Sport, Canal+ and beIN Sports. In France, free-TV broadcaster TF1 holds the rights to the UCL final through '24. After that, M6 will carry the final in a deal worth €4M ($4.2M) per season. One reason Canal+ is investing in the Champions League rights is that starting in '24, Ligue 1 will have an additional team competing in the tournament (PALCO23, 6/30).

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