Experts criticise LFP's handling of Mediapro situation following failure of rights auction meant to bring stability: "It's never a good idea to do things in panic"

3 February 2021

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Photo: PA Images After a court-supervised mediation process granted back Mediapro's rights to the LFP, the league immediately sought to launch a new tender, incredibly with just two weeks to prepare. 

Former Discovery and Eurosport chief says France's football league should have waited with a new rights tender until the situation calms down.

The failed auction could send clubs further towards bankruptcy with the French government unlikely to step in.

Canal+ could be persuaded to retake the rights but the broadcaster currently has the upper hand in negotiations.

A lack of competitiveness on the broadcasting market will likely drive down TV rights deals in the coming period.

Emil Gjerding Nielson nielson@offthepitch.com

Panic. Mess. Self-destruction. Desperate. Survival mode. 

Those are just some of the words and expressions several experts use to describe the situation the Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) is in. A situation, they say, the league has brought on itself. 

Last year's termination of cash strapped Mediapro's broadcasting deal with the French league continues to act as a snowball effect on the country's top two divisions. 

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