Fox Soccer Scores Deal For French Soccer Rights


Fox Soccer Plus and Fox Soccer Channel have inked a deal for U.S. rights to France's top soccer circuit.
The contract with Canal + Events, the events and media rights distribution arm of Canal +, gives the networks exclusive English-language television and broadband rights in the States to Ligue 1 matches during the current campaign and the 2011-12 season.
Under the pact, terms of which were not disclosed, premium service Fox Soccer Plus will air one Ligue 1 match per round in high-definition, kicking off with Bordeaux and Lyon on Sept. 19 at 3 p.m. (ET). For its part, Fox Soccer will televise five Ligue 1 matches per season.
All told, the networks will feature a minimum of 86 hours in both seasons.
"The acquisition of Ligue 1 for Fox Soccer Plus demonstrates our aggressive pursuit of exclusive world-class programming for our viewers," said David Nathanson, general manager of Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Soccer Plus, in announcing the rights acquisition. "Ligue 1 features an array of established and emerging stars from around the globe, and we are proud to showcase their unique brand of play to fans in the United States."

"Canal+ Events is extremely pleased to secure English-language distribution of France's Ligue 1 within the U.S.," noted Jean-Louis Dutaret, president, Canal+ Events. "Fox Soccer Plus and Fox Soccer Channel are the perfect partners for Ligue 1, which has steadily grown its broadcast distribution worldwide since being commercialized by Canal + Events."