We take the same and start again. According to our information, beIN Sports and France Télévisions should sign a new four-season agreement (2022-2026) with the EPCR (European Professional Club Rugby) for the broadcasting on French territory of the new format of the European Rugby Cup and of the European Challenge. All that is missing is the validation of the EPCR board, which should take place next week, with formalization in the process.
For the next four seasons, the pay channel beIN Sports should therefore continue to broadcast all of the two competitions, while France Télévisions should still co-broadcast two European Cup posters (Saturday 3 p.m. and Sunday 4 p.m.) and the poster for Saturday evening in the European Challenge.
During the previous cycle (2028-2022), the EPCR had, according to our information, negotiated the rights to its main European Cup at 30 million euros per season (24 million paid by beIN and 6 million by France Télévisions) but then with only one clear match. In 2020, the contract for the “Champions Cup” had been revised downwards by 4 million per season for beIN, the EPCR wishing to develop its visibility with a second poster in the clear on France Télévisions.
We do not yet know the amount of the new contract for European rugby TV rights for the French market but it could, for lack of competition, be revised downwards…