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Antitrust authority rejects Canal's claim in Amazon French soccer rights row

Stock Markets Nov 30, 2022 07:47AM ET
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PARIS (Reuters) - France's antitrust authority said on Wednesday it has rejected a claim by pay TV channel Canal Plus and beIN Sports that the French football professional league (LFP) abused its dominant position when it awarded Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) broadcasting rights to the main League 1 matches.

France's Autorite de la Concurrence said in a statement it had not found "sufficient evidence" to back the claim that LFP treated them differently from Amazon when it re-allocated to Amazon the bulk of the rights for Leaque 1 matches until 2024 that were previously held by Spanish broadcaster Mediapro.

The broadcast contracts help fund France's soccer clubs.

Antitrust authority rejects Canal's claim in Amazon French soccer rights row
 

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