MUMBAI: Ten Sports, Taj Television-owned sports network, has
inked a multi-platform rights deal to broadcast the French
Football League for three years from 2012-15 for South Asia.
deal, negotiated with MP & Silva, offers 232 matches showcasing
two of French footballs title competitions: Ligue 1
Top Football Division in France and one of Top 5 Leagues
in Europe and Coupe De La Ligue The French League Cup.
On top of live matches from Ligue 1 and Coupe de la Ligue,
Ten Sports will also telecast Ligue 1 Weekly Preview Show.
also has the rights for the Uefa Champions League, Europa
League: Ten Action and Ten HD air soccer.
CEO sports business Atul Pande said, Acquisition of
the French League, one of the most competitive football leagues
in Europe, underlines our commitment to football fans in the
region as we continue providing the most entertaining content
to our viewers, and an excellent promotional platform for
our advertisers. We have established a strong tradition in
building and strengthening top-class football properties on
our channels with the reach of our networks, multiple media
platforms and world-class match presentation.
1 is the primary football compeition in France and has long
held a top five position amongst the football leagues of Europe.
The league has 20 clubs, including Olympique Lyonnais (Lyon)
and big-spending Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), whose star-studded
line-up features Javier Pastore, Thiago Motta and Jérémy
Ménez on top of new power signings Zlatan Ibrahimovic,
Ezequiel Lavezzi and Thiago Silva.
clubs will play home and away matches over 38 rounds, with
the 2012/13 season beginning 10 August.
& Silva Group CEO Andrea Radrizzani commented, We
are delighted to facilitate the growth of French football
in India. European football TV audiences in India are rapidly
growing, attracting more interest from leagues, competitions,
sponsors and players to satisfy this appetite."
channel broadcasts matches of leagues from around the world
- Uefa Champions League, Uefa Europa League, Carling Cup,
Npower Football League, Dutch League and Scottish premier