French court suspends rugby TV deal

Appeal court confirms suspension of Canal+ deal
French court suspends rugby TV deal after Qatar co, News, Broadcast Business


A French appeal court has confirmed the suspension of a deal under which Vivendi pay-TV unit Canal+ won the exclusive rights to broadcast French Top 14 rugby matches for a further five seasons, according  to Reuters.

Canal+ and the French rugby league had appealed against the previous decision by France's competition authority to suspend the agreement, following a complaint by Qatari-owned rival beIN Sports, the report stated.

The regulator has called for the deal to be suspended following the current 2014-15 season, and for the rights to be subject to a fresh competition.


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